Sunday, December 23, 2012

December 23, 2012. Clean Space

In a moment of sudden clarity at Oksu station, after the people have moved on to the next train.

Due to traveling I won't post a photo tomorrow, the day after and perhaps even after that. Actually posting will now be irregular because I will likely have little access to my computer, but I promise I will have great photos of Guatemala.

Also I screenshot a before-and-after of this photo just to show the magic and importance of post-processing.
Merry Christmas to all!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

December 22, 2012. All Still The Same

For many, the world did not end. Some were relieved, others disappointed, but a few were struggling to have a world in the first place.
And they did not worry. Why? Not because they had nothing to lose.
It was because they knew that the world will not end in a flash and a bang, in glory and with a show. The world will end very slowly as we slowly creep our way there, but we are not there yet.

Friday, December 21, 2012

December 21, 2012. Metalwork

I'm not quite sure what these metal doohickeys are for, but if the man was preparing for a zombie apocalypse I suppose he ended up very disappointed...
Well I walked by a greasy blacksmith's cave and the metal was calling me. I would've liked to get the man's photo too but he didn't really look approachable, and he might have seen it as a chance to test out his tools. Either way I felt like I was walking by a diamond in the rough, a place with character so I couldn't miss out.

December 20, 2012. Rolling Repetition

I wish I approached strangers more, it's usually very rewarding when things work well. I saw a group of skaters while wandering today, going back and forth practicing their flips and slides, and seeing the light of the day I knew I would be sorry if I didn't take some shots. They spoke English and were cool with it so I did what I could with their rushing by and the waning sun. Pre-focusing so I'd be ready, I managed to get the shot tack-sharp.
It's all about dedication and repetition. They weren't afraid of falling, they were focused on succeeding.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December 19, 2012. Solitary Road

You'd think in this gigantic, bustling city you'd find no quiet, but that's not true. You simply have to look around and even in the busiest parts of Seoul you will find its solemn corners where your mind can wander its own ways. Usually the young don't know about them but you will find the elderly there, meditating, reminiscing or even exercising in the seemingly endless amounts of public gym equipment.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December 18, 2012. Smokestacks and Skystrokes

Clear, cold skies causes smoke to stay crisp and maintain its shape, and it's rather mesmerizing to look at. These dark strokes our consumption paint in the sky will not always wash away as the canvas slowly fades into gray, and we will be forced to clean it up because we can't breathe the dirty air. But instead we paint it over white and pretend it's a new canvas though all the layers have taken away the original texture which will eventually be forgotten. So our children will never know nature, only what we have done to it, and that artificial layer of white.

Monday, December 17, 2012

December 17, 2012 Schoolwork

Though I'm out of exams I'm not completely out of school yet; pictured here are two of my last projects. Not my favorite class but gotta get it done.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

December 16, 2012. "And this is where you were made!"

Little girl getting her back alley tour, discovering her roots. Ha!

December 15, 2012. Back Again

So I'm back again! Just a month away, as I promised. Also, today (Dec 15th. This post is a bit late) is the 1 year anniversary of this blog. Though I didn't manage to take a photo EVERY day since then, I did manage around two thirds of it.
This is a sculpture at an old printing press in Korea, the kind where you individually pick out letters and line them up to make a stamp. There was lots of interesting things to photograph there but this piece was very intriguing and the rust added a great touch. I'll let the rest speak for itself.