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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 !


please check out my ceramic art at:

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

D800 bodies

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)

Ricohflex TLR

THANKS MATT Abelson / Abelson Scope Works

hexomniscope - 6 lens pinhole camera Tokyo Forum Building

Custom made Lensbaby 2.0 bellows (MACRO)
Lensbaby Modified My linhof technika III with zeiss luminar.

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 strobist light kit minus light mods

My World Visitor Map!My World Visitor Map!

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    terr93 says:

    "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."

    June 30th, 2010

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    twk333 says:

    "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 ..."

    June 20th, 2009

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    Mick Motor says:

    "Humble, focused, and extremely talented. It's pleasure viewing his work page for page."

    June 10th, 2009

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    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."

    July 12th, 2008

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    ossie hermosisima says:

    "Mr. Cool himself. I really admire your work!"

    November 4th, 2007

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    marvelous fall says:

    "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."

    September 27th, 2007

January 2006
I am:
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Photographer / photojournalist
Photographs by Cory Lum