Happy Lunar New Years everyone (& for all the rabbits out there), & with that happy new layout!!!! Kinda. We'll to be honest, my buddy Ken and I were browsing through a random photographer's website/blog and we figured that having wider pictures would be beneficial to the viewers. Also, without all that blogger gibberish on the side, I'm liking the minimalist feel to it. I still have to tweak the html some more, but I'll get to that later.
After a much needed holiday break, I am feeling rejuvenated, yet not really ready to go back to the routine, yet productive life that has been a part of me for the past year and three months. These holidays don't come easy in Seoul. After spending some time with the familia out in Ilsan for a few days, I went on a photographing binge-mission-spree-whatever-you-wanna-call-it over the course of two days with Kelly (on Sat.) and Jungle (on Sun.). On Saturday, the sun was out so there were a lot of people roaming around Myeongdong, Insadong, and Samcheongdong aimlessly window-shopping, and it was really fun to see the more fashionable side of Seoul. Everyone arrives fashionably late decked out from head to toe, and I suppose it's part of living in a big city (Or, the inevitable & unquenchable thirst for material possessions in a soaring economy).
Also, I'm beginning to enjoy street photography more, which involves a human element at the very least. I find myself constantly 'framing' pictures in my head as I am observing the fleeting crowd. There's just some moment that's bound to happen. As Cartier-Bresson put it, the "decisive moment." One of these moments occurred at a coffee shop in Insadong, where Kelly and I met a photographer that had not only one Leica (M6), but two others (M3 & M5 = a whopping grand total of 13,000USD)!!! Holding one up and peering through the viewfinder was all I needed to convince myself to get one someday! On Sunday, I met up with Jungle, and retraced all the steps from Saturday: Myeondong, Chungmuro, Insadong, and Samcheongdong. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't as compliant as yesterday, but I had a great time shooting with Jungle, and I think she's itching for a nikon slr (we'll keep it a secret for now^^). All in all, I might have walked about 25km each day (well that might a slight exaggeration), but I just remember stomping all over Seoul with my 35mm in hand, and firing away without hesitation.
(1) Fujifilm Superia x-tra 400 (5/36)
(2) Fujifilm Superia x-tra 400 (5/36)