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



good friends

Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on April 2, 2010

mike and jille at the beach. san clemente, california.
© kevin t vu

the more i progress, the more i realize that there isn’t anyone else but me in this race. i never ran cross-country in high school, but i always remember the coaches telling their runners that running is a mental game. you are only competing against yourself. its a combination of your desire and passion, training and commitment, and tenacity and sacrifice. no one else can make the choices given to you. some may try, but in the end, its up to you to choose where you want to go. in my experience, the right choices have always been the toughest to judge.

but i don’t think any path worth taking is ever gonna be easy. success isn’t a paved road, and it shouldn’t be. the bumps and challenges create the character of our being. it carves our understanding and vision of life. and so the story goes with photography. we don’t choose it because it’s an easy path. we choose it because there is no other way for us. its something that we just have to commit to.

“Me, I do not try to understand. For me, the most beautiful thing is to wake up, to go out, and to look. At everything. Without anyone telling me “You should look at this or that.” I look at everything and I try to find what interests me, because when I set out, I don’t yet know what will interest me. Sometimes I photograph things that others would find stupid, but with which I can play around. Henri as well says that before meeting a person, or seeing a country, he has to prepare himself. Not me, I try to react to what comes up. Afterwards, I may come back to it, perhaps every year, ten years in a row, and I will end by understanding.”

~ Josef Koudelka


Posted in personal, work by Kevin Vu on March 18, 2010

portrait of heath. lompoc, ca.
© kevin t vu

work has been relentless since january. i’m incredibly exhausted from overworking myself.   i assisted 2 shoots yesterday and ended up sleeping for an hour and a half before waking up to work the next day. i’m realizing that i’m pushing my body a bit too hard so i’ll be scaling back. its just so hard to say ‘no’ to work when you freelance and especially in a market such as ours. i cant really complain though.

i’m able to save the money that i’m making and pay the credit debt i’ve accrued over the years. i’m also able to buy equipment for myself. i honestly have to say though that i’m not shooting as much. thats the line the you have to walk when u assist. i’m making sure to stay focused so that i don’t fall into the career assistant rut. its definitely easy to keep doing this as the money can be decent and consistent. but its not the end all and i have to keep that in mind as i travel down this path.

“Stop looking for more business! The most important thing is to reinvent what it is you sell and to overwhelm your current clients with the experience they encounter when they engage you. This is what word of mouth will come from. Not from better photos, not from a better brochure, not from a cheaper price.”

~ Seth Godin

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John Patterson

Posted in graduate school by Kevin Vu on June 26, 2007

John sitting in his council estate apartment.  Elephant and Castle, London.
© Kevin T. Vu

This is one of the portraits that i’ve done for my Elephant and Castle project. I’ve worked with four families and john was one of the people that was kind enough to have me in his home. i’m still in the process of finishing everything up which will be turned in on friday.