Hello World, i work as a photographer based out of Honolulu, Hawaii.
i am an enigma. a paradox. whoa. just joking !
new paradigms await all of us. ichi go ichi e !
my current passion is to create tools. photographic tools, lenses, machined and or hand made. also, ceramic / yakimono tools. cocobolo ribs, specialized trimming tools, one offs. etc.
i love to travel, drink fantastic wines (syrah, shiraz, petit syrah, zins, bordeaux, tempranillo, ripassa, brunello, burgundy ), enjoy WONDERful Nihonshu (sake) and enjoy SCRUMPTIOUS FOOD. i love nihonshu, double fermented rice wine. koshino kambai cho tokusen, masumi yumedono, Masumi nanago, Masumi Sanka, minotouya tousuke (niigata), okunomatsu, Mu, and MORE !
One of my photographic philosophies is to 'put the viewer where he or she cannot be'. in short, in this competitive photographic market there are two key factors that finesses the image, light and vision. the ability to give a 'view' or perspective that hasn't been 'seen' before affords the photograph/s to transcend normality and mediocrity.
My photographs have appeared in: The New York Times, Corbis, Getty, The International Herald Tribune, Readers Digest, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and more. thanks for looking !
NEW CERAMIC ONLINE GALLERY/SHOP
please check out my ceramic art at: www.corylumphoto.com.
Recently, i have been studying tea ( cha no yu). in vino vitae....
Carpe Diem ! Sadly, most of my current work needs to sit a while until the publications that hired me run the photographs, so apologies ahead for the embargo. thanks for looking ! Please view my latest ceramic creations.
Been reading an excellent book by Sogyal Rinpoche called "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying". excerpt from the book. 'The Great Deception' by Chuang Tzu. "The birth of a man is the birth of his sorrow. The longer he lives, the more stupid he becomes, because his anxiety to avoid avoidable death becomes more and more acute. What bitterness ! He lives for what is always out of reach! His thirst for survival in the future makes him incapable of living in the present." Carpe Diem ! hehe
List of Gear ( sometimes changing & many not listed)
also the gear is finite, the imagination infinite.
Nikon Digital SLR
various nikkor lenses
Nikkor 18mm f/2.8D AF
Nikkor PC-E 85mm f/2.8
Nikkor AF-S 80-200/2.8 ED
HexOmniscope (6 lens pinhole)
THANKS MATT Abelson / Abelson Scope Works
Custom made Lensbaby 2.0 bellows (MACRO)
Linhof Technika III 4x5 w/zeiss luminar lenses, etc.
various lighting. First choice -- LED flashlight, Aaron Jones Hosemaster Light Brush, Profoto, Octabank, Big 7-foot diameter Jumbrella, 3-degree gridspots, grip gear, Manfrotto Avenger stuffs, clamps. u name it. below is the portable lighting post strobist. my post strobist life is using Armatar 100 and 200 units, handmade grid spots w/ coroplast. corogated plastic. works great !
My World Visitor Map!
create your own visited countries map
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please find me on twitter
- ★★ Nikon D800 - Nikon D800E - Images 47,502 photos, 2,015 members
- Yakimono 5 photos, 1 member
- Foto Panoramiche 1,039 photos, 173 members
- Extreme Street Photography (ESP) 4,842 photos, 16,388 members
- Ceramics Critique 29 photos, 5 members
- Critique 2 2,075 photos, 1,631 members
- Lighting Mods 3,650 photos, 1,545 members
- SPNC - Year 2 - # 10 161 photos, 215 members
- Hasselblad 2000 / 200 Series (Focal Plane) 4,098 photos, 284 members
- Hasselblad 228,522 photos, 11,402 members
- Petzval Lens Photographs 2,511 photos, 513 members
- Bokeh-holics Anonymous 138,346 photos, 7,576 members
- Best square inch of ceramic surface 75 photos, 36 members
- Norita Council 2,299 photos, 257 members
- Japanorama.co.uk 17,328 photos, 513 members
- Filmwasters.com 7,401 photos, 130 members
- StreetPhoto 656,918 photos, 18,004 members
- The Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami March 11th 2011 9,185 photos, 258 members
- Fl♥ckr Hearts -- Post 1 & Give 3 Hearts - Sweeper Active! 697,279 photos, 35,357 members
- Helios / Гелиос 40-2 85 mm f/1.5 4,255 photos, 960 members
- TOHOKU - the Wild Side of Japan ! 18,636 photos, 839 members
- Carl Zeiss Jena 28,926 photos, 1,931 members
- *Polaroid Japan* 1,282 photos, 90 members
- One Strobe Pony 65,011 photos, 8,600 members
- Freelensing 8,097 photos, 3,196 members
- top-f [ 25+ faves ] 37,822 photos, 12,241 members
- Camera Mods 3,250 photos, 654 members
- Lensbaby: The Lenses 279 photos, 64 members
- Camera-wiki.org 59,215 photos, 1,479 members
- The Photographer Photographed (Must show CAMERA & PHOTOGRAPHER) 9,709 photos, 1,277 members
- Seoul Strobist Club 569 photos, 121 members
- Seoul Photography Workshop Meetup 280 photos, 66 members
- K.B. Canham Cameras 228 photos, 28 members
- 日本酒 / Sake 440 photos, 48 members
- ! **Smile Portraits 5,319 photos, 1,857 members
- wabi-sabi manmade objects 39 photos, 15 members
- I Hate Digital! 176,771 photos, 3,309 members
- Camera porn 34,766 photos, 2,976 members
- 6x9 Press Cameras 1,279 photos, 157 members
- 日本語flick'r 561,348 photos, 11,160 members
- Mamiya Super 23 2,741 photos, 500 members
- Vintage Camera Porn 7,058 photos, 618 members
- Analog Bokeh 28,713 photos, 1,368 members
- Strobist China 中国 89 photos, 25 members
- Shanghai Strobists 836 photos, 253 members
- Flickr Photographers Better than Pros ! 1 photo, 2 members
- Carl Zeiss Biotar 75mm F1.5 370 photos, 94 members
- Bokeh Awards (The Highest Quality) 5,116 photos, 441 members
- Yokohama Ga 横濱 画 61 photos, 5 members
- Toyo Cameras 2,192 photos, 362 members
"Each time I have had the pleasure of Cory's company
it has brought new insights and has been a learning experience to me
he is truly a master in all Art forms he touches
I do hope in the near future that I have the chance to
share a bottle of Nihonshu with him and to unravel more of the mysteries
of the knowledgeable Corysan
Cory's passion in life is only surpassed in his passion of his art, his inspiration he gives all in his presence with his truly supporting demeanor excites passion in each of our hearts to create with the same passion."
30th June, 2010
"cory's as interesting as one can find ...
all his work is mesmerizing ... sublime ...
life already filled with events and people
that others only read about ... or imagine ...
if i could, i'd buy him guinness and sake
until he ran out of stories ... seriously ..."
20th June, 2009
Mick Motor says:
"Humble, focused, and extremely talented. It's pleasure viewing his work page for page."
10th June, 2009
shiroibasketshoes hopper says:
"Cory has a great eye for colorful beauty and world lifestyles. I share his journalism background and interest in naturalness in his photos. He is very deserving of his acclaim, and from every indication I've seen, he seems quite a nice person, too."
12th July, 2008
"Mr.Cory.Lum is really nice person. gentlemn indeed. His photograph makes people happy as well as his character. He is a photograph magician who masters various cameras. Especially he is a wonderful ceramic artist to understand the 'Wabi-sabi'. I am very glad to get acquainted with him in flickr. MAHALO!"
1st July, 2008
ossie hermosisima says:
"Mr. Cool himself. I really admire your work!"
4th November, 2007
"I can't believe that Lum-sensei does not have another testimonial. I've only had the pleasure of meeting him once, but he seems like an amazing artist on clay, film and whatever media he decides to play with. He is a true artist, but is also a gentleman with a great sense of humor."
27th September, 2007
- January 2006
- I am:
- Male and Taken
- Photographer / photojournalist
- Photographs by Cory Lum