We had the good fortune of connecting with Eugene Kim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eugene, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
It wasn’t so much a thought, it was more so an instinct and a continuation of doing what I want to do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In the most basic sense, my photographs are a culmination and exploration of my personal interests. The camera is just a visual tool I use to observe and document.
I get most excited when photography gives me new life experiences. It can be something as simple as connecting with another human and learning their story or taking me to a place or moment I have never experienced before.
I started as a kid with a newly purchased point-and-shoot camera for a class trip to Washington D.C. A need to document began and continued throughout high school. Breaking my back my junior year of high school and receiving a DSLR expanded that curiosity even further.
I started internships and assisting photographers out of high school, took hundreds of thousands of photographs, worked an assortment of jobs having something to do with photography, sent countless emails and made endless website revisions. It hasn’t been easy and continues to be a challenge I happily accept. I overcame these challenges by simply going after what I want.
Some of the most important lessons I’ve learned along the way are: stay calm, follow instinct, and pursue what makes you happy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to the top of Griffith Park in the morning, to catch the sunrise and find a calm moment before the city fully awakes.
If a friend were visiting for a week, I would take them to the desert, mountains and ocean, with lots of coffee stops along the way.
In my opinion, LA’s best offering can be found in the diverse cultural pockets where you no longer feel you’re in LA, where the language changes and so do the prices. I do believe there is a level of authenticity that can be found in a price—anything overpriced and the real audience will call bullshit.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife, Anna-Lisa, and my childhood friend, Kelly.