moving along…

Posted in personal, projects by Kevin Vu on May 6, 2011

© kevin t vu


the goal was comprehension, and the only way to comprehend the world was by making myself vulnerable to it so that it could change me. the challenge was to lay myself open to everybody and everything that came my way. the prize was to change and grow big enough to feel one with the whole world. the real danger was death by exposure.

~ ted simon \ jupiter’s travels



letting go…

Posted in personal, projects by Kevin Vu on March 27, 2011

vancouver, british columbia, canada.

© kevin t vu

its has been a while. and a lot of things have changed for me. i’ve come to realize that photography isn’t the end all for me. that the end all for me is how i live my life. so for the next 6-9 months, i’m gonna just put my head down and take every job that comes my way. be it cleaning toilets or lighting a celebrity, i’ll do it. i’m gonna save all of that money and cash out.

i bought a motorcycle. i have my m1 motorcycle license. now i just have to ride and get comfortable w/ the bike. cause come the end of the year, that bike is taking me south to tierra del fuego and back (i hope). i need to get out of the rat race. i need to leave all the pretensions behind. i need to get back to why i love being a photographer.

man.  because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.  then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.  and then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.

~ dalai lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity.

thanks for the quote embry.


Posted in work by Kevin Vu on October 11, 2009

people relaxing by a tree. laguna beach, ca.
© kevin t vu

its been a consistent month of work for me and i’ve started to realize that i’ve made some in-roads in the photo community of LA. its been a bit arduous and slow, but i’m getting there.

as this is happening, i’ve also been in talks w/ a photographer in chicago who needs a full-time assistant. this is where the dilemma comes in. do i pick up and go or do i keep scratching and clawing here in LA. both offer great opportunities, but i need to see what’s best for my work and personality.

i cant complain as both are great options either way.

i’ve been reading rodney smith’s blog recently. if you dont know him, then go to his website now! his work is whimsical and has a timeless quality to it. the way he uses graphical/textual elements in his new book is wonderfully fluid!

there has been one entry that has really stuck w/ me.

“To say a photographer has a vision is to say the photographer has something unique to say about the world.  Why do some photographers have something unique to say, when so many others just shoot pictures that are general and lacking vision?  Most people would say it has to do with talent.  Maybe.  But maybe not.  Maybe it has nothing to do with talent.  Maybe it has to do with the ability to express one’s feelings.  The person who presents a strong vision has figured out a way to express his or her feelings, while others are struggling to do that.  Talent, then becomes not so much artistic talent, though that may be a good part of it, but rather emotional talent.”

What i have come to realize is that I could never be a documentary photographer.  I am run on my emotions.  People who meet me and who know my imagery find it perplexing.  They see a happy person and wonder why I have such dark imagery.  But that’s because they don’t know all the aspects of my personality.  The reason I shoot the way I do is because I’m traveling on this path that I have for myself, and it has, at times, been a very isolated road.  My work deals with personal issues in context to what is happening around me.  Its my view of how I see what is going on around me.  Seems a bit selfish, but I just can’t help it.  Its how I see the world.


Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on February 9, 2009

wild grass field. santa fe, new mexico.
© kevin t vu

i left for santa fe a week ago. i’m here to visit some friends and have no plans for the immediate future. i have been couch surfing and today i slept in a borrowed car parked on the residences of a friends, whose house was locked, all the while with snow drifting outside.

i am jobless and moneyless and am living the life of a gypsy. people ask questions about my future and i have no concrete answers. i’m living day to day and enjoying every last bit of being in an agonizing limbo.

static for the moment

Posted in personal, work by Kevin Vu on October 19, 2008

Foggy afternoon. Pozos, Mexico.
© kevin t vu

New friends exploring new places. Pozos, Mexico.
© Vidal Berrones

I have been in San Miguel de Allende for a week now and have discovered that the people and their city are beautiful. There is a large ‘gringo’ population and is, therefore, a bit more tailored than many of the other cities that i have thus far visited in mexico. Yet, there is a uniqueness to it that is very intriguing.

We have prepared the classrooms for the upcoming workshop season which starts today. I will be working w/ Frank Ockenfels, whose style is completely different from my own. It should be a great opportunity for me to expand my photographic techniques.

On another note, it has been refreshing to know that i have a beautiful, clean and warm home to come back to everyday. I am here for another month will be trying to get a sense of the place and its people.