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Film drop: Dec 15th-31st…Kodak Tri-X @400

One month down with the M6. Frames from the first two weeks can be found here. Shooting has been slower as the temperatures have dropped to below freezing and the days have gotten shorter. I am still trying to get out a few times a week although I seem to be dipping indoors much more often. Street photography in wintertime Seoul is tough. I stayed warm at a few exhibitions being held around town. One, a project put together by Magnum photographer on AIDS patients held at the Seoul Arts Center, and another of Lim-Eung Sik, the godfather of Korean photography, who had an interesting collection of images on the transformation of Myeong-dong. I am trying to take advantage of the cold by looking through books, reading, printing, and achieving prints in a journal.

Going slowly through my prints I see that my photography gives a slightly jilted perspective on the streets of Seoul. A friend, a traditional Korean artist, wondered why I focus so much of areas like Jongno, on finding the older and rougher elements of the city. I didn’t really know how to answer, just that I find that more interesting, more original, than the glitz of Gangnam and Myeongdong, which could be recreated in any city from here to Timbuktu. Anyway, these photographs only represent a sliver of the city of Seoul.

Last week I further pigeonholed my subject by revisiting one of the oldest and roughest markets in Korea (link #1, link #2). Many of the photos here are from that trip.

As a monthly follow up and continuation of my year long attempt and focusing on one camera, one lens, etc..i will be making a monthly post with 8-10 of my favorite frames from each period/month. So if anyone reads this and has a shot they think should make the cut, please fell free to mention.

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Self portrait reflected at the Sonje Art Center. Mild show on the changing urban spaces of Seoul

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I find that I rarely take photographs in my neighbourhood because I find it a little life-less and suburban. I am attempting to get past that. This is Jukjeon Station.

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Out here it’s mostly non-descript apartment blocks, overpriced cafes, and new mothers behind expensive French made strollers. It’s all nouvea upper middle class with a Samsung plant down the street. There are stories here, but well concealed ones. Relocating from the city the suburban aspects of this place killed me at first. It was everything that I lamented about crass American subdivisions. The total lack of street life makes shooting in public a real task. Maybe that’s an explanation why I so often look to photograph its antithesis in the back alleys and of Jongno.
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Winter’s short days have had me shooting more in the evening. The cloth shutter on the M-6 has been impressively still at lower shutter speeds, making it possible to get a clear exposure where an slr might not. I’ve enjoyed the new foray into nighttime photography, even though it’s damn cold.

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Film Drop: Kodak Portra 120 +400nc

I shot some color film while down in Busan. I’ve been on a monochrome kick lately and haven’t been able to find a place to collect these images. I thought I would post them here. I really love the tones on the portra, especially at the seashore. As an after-note I have some Superia from the ultra wide and slim that I’ll post after.
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And the Superia from the UWS

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Moran Market, Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do

Last weekend I spent a day wandering around the infamous Moran Market in Seongnam. Exploring the outdoor/indoor labyrinths that are traditional Korean markets is a major pastime of mine; especially with a camera in tow. Documenting the last gasps of these traditional marketplaces when more and more Koreans are preferring the sterile, air-conditioned comforts of large department stores and international supermarkets, has become a quaint obsession.

Moran Market in particular struck me as a place out of time. Held on every day ending in 4 or 9, the market draws vendors from the countryside and swells with an older, crookeder, and more pagan  sense of Korea (no offense meant by this). Besides culinary offerings  I’ve never seen in any other marketplace, Moran seemed to focus more on herbal potions, unconventional foodstuffs, with a generally odder assortment of characters than seen elsewhere. An adult student mentioned that Moran attracts the last rural peasants of Korea who come to sell their wares. If most of those who could (through education, jobs, family) fled the coutryside decades ago, the peasants left behind seem to be of a different stripe. The place had the feel of a backwoods flea market, or a convention of carnies. A very strange atmosphere indeed.

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Oddly enough at the gate of the market were several evangelicals preaching the word (a few Buddhists also). They seemed unable to cross into the market threshold (atleast in our imagination). At the other gate we saw some old men shouting religous debate with a cross-waver, snarling in raised tones “where is Jesus, show him to me!!”

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monochrome is good for you

Is shooting black and white kinda the equivalent if “eating your vegetables” for photographers? And is doing it on film different from converting a raw file that doesn’t work in color over to the dark side? These are things I’ve been wondering as I shot through a few black and white rolls over the last few weeks.

I was always reluctant to shoot BW as I thought color kind of my shtick, and justified my aversion with the expense, inconvenience and ability to convert any color film to BW in Photoshop. The last BW film I shot was when traveling Europe five years ago. After relocating to a new apartment a little further from my favorite photo labs I started to consider doing some of my own development, and as BW is a much simpler affair than color I thought I should shoot it a bit more. That and some recent work by a good friend inspired me to load in more of the stuff.

I’ve enjoyed my few weeks sans color. And have found myself focusing more on composition and varied tones of light. Shooting in BW from that start (not converting later) is making me look in a new way, to see photos where I might not have before. It’s a stripped down process, and I find myself focusing more on the essentials of the frame. Here are some outtakes.

Kodak TMAX 100, KODAK TMAX 400, ILFORD HP5 400

KICK BACKs

Dongdaemun fabric market, Tmax 100

SYMMETRY

Gwangjang food alley, Tmax 100

RAG AND BONE SHOP

seoul flea market, Tmax 100

Dongmyo backstreets

dongmyo backstreet, tmax 100

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hospital and orchid, Ilford 400

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cafe killing time, Ilford 400

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bundang, Tmax 400

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bundang, Tmax 400

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subway, Tmax 400

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carting around, Ilford 400 and Tmax 400

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waiting, Tmax 400

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Tmax 100

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junk for life, dongmyo, Tmax 100

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Apartment, Tmax 400

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lauren, Ilford 400

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SONGPA STOMPERS #1

A few Saturdays ago the newly minted bicycle/shutter crew took a leisurely ride across the urban expanse of Seoul. From concrete thickets to surrounding hills we filled viewfinders and exposed frames in between peddling. The expedition was a success. Here’s some of the documentation from the bottom of my tires and soles.

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vivitar ultra wide and slim, superia 200, Han River Path
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vivitar ultra wide and slim, somewhere near Sinseoldong
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vivitar ultra wide and slim, Bukhansan foothills
Cheongyecheon tunnel
vivitar ultra wide and slim, Cheongyecheon stream
Cheongyecheon Reload...
Minolta Srt-100, Cheongyecheon reload
Junk seller's alley
vivitar ultra wide and slim, junk seller’s alley
Ajosshi park, Jongno
Minolta Srt-100, Ajosshis playing GO, Jongno
overexposed chi
Minolta Srt 100, Overexposed Chi, Jongno
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vivitar, ultra wide and slim, up a hill, Northern Seoul
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vivitar ultra wide and slim, down a hill, Gyeongbok Palace
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vivitar ultra wide and slim, Gyeongbuk Palace
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vivitar ultra wide and slim, royal guard
KING SEJONG
vivitar ultra wide and slim, King Sejong
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vivitar ultra wide and slim, being foreign
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Minolta Srt 100, Cheongyecheon
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viviatar, urban decay
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vivitar, urban decay
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Minolta Srt 100, dude, are you weird?
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Minolta Srt 101, the remains of the day

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rainy day

a rainy weekend, a half broken slr, blurry double exposed film, on and on… sometimes the days just blend.
Analog Korea. Minolta SRT. Sometimes the days just blend.
Analog Korea. Minolta SRT.

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