Posted in photo essays, projects, work by Kevin Vu on May 24, 2009

















a mexican’s night street scene. mexico. from ‘el laberinto’ series.





up & down

Posted in personal, photo essays, projects, work by Kevin Vu on May 19, 2009


caballero passing on the road. mexico. from ‘el laberinto’ series.


life has been hard and i dont think it’s going to get any easier. but i’ve been fortunate in my life to have a community that is enduring. trying to make it in photography is arduous. so i make sure to have a community of family and peers that will help me keep the faith, the faith in my vision and the faith that my passion with get me somewhere.

you need the belief that your passion and vision will last the purge. i’ve doubted so many times this past year. (just look at my previous post.)  but when i’ve gotten close to the edge, something/someone has always come to take me back. its about survival and scrapping it out for now. doing whatever is needed of you/me, be it getting coffee or taking out the trash for someone or some photographer. do it with passion and joy and people will see it.  but remember, do it with purpose.  dont ever be complacent about where you are in life.  

i was taught some valuable lessons from my football coaches during high school.  one of them was: ‘never settle for mediocrity.’



Posted in personal, work by Kevin Vu on May 12, 2009

©kevintvu_020fenced dog. los mochis, mexico. part of project entitled ‘el laberinto.’

what makes us know we’re taking the right choices? how do we know this is the life meant for us? i mean, really, what the fuck? how do we stay confident when there seems to be so many failures?

what does it really mean to be a part of something more than yourself? it sounds so courageous and poetic, that line. we try to live our lives being ‘a part of something more’. but what happens when all things go to hell in front of you? what happens when you lose that something or that someone that you never had? where do you go from there? where do i go from here?


Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on April 19, 2009

lauren waking up. santa fe, new mexico.
© kevin t vu

elliot in his temporary housing while working at the workshops. santa fe, new mexico.
© kevin t vu

i’ve been back in orange county now for about a week and a half. i’ve been doing some assisting here to survive. hopefully, it’ll get more consistent as i stay in one place longer. as of right now, i’m trying to build my community here in southern california. there’s a huge photographic community from LA that i would love to be a part of. i have some people i truly respect and admire here, ie art streiber and frank ockenfels. so i’m trying to see if they can use some free labor in this economy. frank replied and is gonna try to get me on something and art has been a tremendous help by giving me his time to review my portfolio. the problem is w/ guys like these, they have their own crew they have been working w/ for years. so i’m trying to break into a very tight club. i guess that’s just how it is in the photography world.

on another note, i recently was able to meet up w/ some old friends from london, Hubert Kang and Claudia Leisinger. they both came to LA for work so i was luckily back in town to meet up w/ them. it was so great to see them! we caught up and talked about life and photography. my life has been about building a community wherever i am, and i have been fortunate to have these guys in it. they are smart, talented and help me to move forward in my own work. and so, i am trying to build something more local in southern california.

i will be staying put for a little bit so that i can save up some money to do some projects that i have in mind. i am also trying to build up my portrait portfolio since that can be a great and consistent source of income.

i also am trying to buy the new canon 5d. so i will be selling a NIKON D3 for $4,000 if anyone is interested. i also have a 50 mm 1.4 lens that i would give at a good deal as well. i’ve had the camera for a bit more than 6 months. its in pristine condition. i’m moving back to canon because of the new video offering in the 5d. contact me if you guys are interested at all.