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!
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please find me on twitter
- SONY A7 (ILCE-7) 252,631 photos, 6,396 members
- Flickr Olympus OM-D E-M1 + E-M5 + E-M10 319,490 photos, 6,788 members
- New55 FILM (official) 391 photos, 356 members
- Canon 200mm f/1.8L 89 photos, 31 members
- ★★ Nikon D800 - Nikon D800E - Images 229,059 photos, 4,751 members
- Yakimono 5 photos, 3 members
- Foto Panoramiche 1,972 photos, 293 members
- Extreme Street Photography (ESP) 3,862 photos, 19,811 members
- Ceramics Critique 29 photos, 8 members
- Critique 2 4,201 photos, 2,204 members
- Lighting Mods 4,012 photos, 1,555 members
- SPNC - Year 2 - # 10 140 photos, 181 members
- Hasselblad 2000 / 200 Series (Focal Plane) 5,835 photos, 505 members
- Hasselblad 286,839 photos, 13,189 members
- Petzval Lens Photographs 5,550 photos, 1,269 members
- Bokeh-holics Anonymous 269,499 photos, 11,122 members
- Best square inch of ceramic surface 89 photos, 31 members
- Norita Council 2,751 photos, 354 members
- Japanorama.co.uk 29,069 photos, 629 members
- Filmwasters.com 11,712 photos, 136 members
- StreetPhoto 1,401,836 photos, 31,168 members
- The Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami March 11th 2011 9,529 photos, 255 members
- Fl♥ckr Hearts -- Post 1 & Give 3 Hearts - CLOSED 656,211 photos, 33,818 members
- Helios / Гелиос 40-2 85 mm f/1.5 12,124 photos, 2,649 members
- TOHOKU - the Wild Side of Japan ! 32,081 photos, 1,043 members
- Carl Zeiss Jena 47,501 photos, 2,751 members
- *Polaroid Japan* 1,640 photos, 130 members
- One Strobe Pony 77,941 photos, 9,237 members
- Freelensing 10,029 photos, 3,566 members
- top-f [ 25+ faves ] 101,459 photos, 13,405 members
- Camera Mods 4,397 photos, 780 members
- Lensbaby: The Lenses 1,505 photos, 113 members
- Camera-wiki.org 91,832 photos, 2,549 members
- Seoul Strobist Club 513 photos, 114 members
- Seoul Photography Workshop Meetup 400 photos, 83 members
- K.B. Canham Cameras 348 photos, 47 members
- 日本酒 / Sake 716 photos, 108 members
- ! **Smile Portraits 4,747 photos, 2,363 members
- wabi-sabi manmade objects 215 photos, 31 members
- I Hate Digital! 256,614 photos, 4,238 members
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- Strobist China 中国 95 photos, 33 members
- Shanghai Strobists 882 photos, 257 members
- Flickr Photographers Better than Pros ! 1 photo, 2 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."
June 30th, 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 ..."
June 20th, 2009
Mick Motor says:
"Humble, focused, and extremely talented. It's pleasure viewing his work page for page."
June 10th, 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."
July 12th, 2008
ossie hermosisima says:
"Mr. Cool himself. I really admire your work!"
November 4th, 2007
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:
- Male and Taken
- Photographer / photojournalist
- Photographs by Cory Lum