Ojukheon

Do Not Touch
Tree and Stone Wall
Kitchen
Flower pots
Street lamp and fire fighting equipment

It’s obvious that I ran out of black and white film part-way through my visit. That’s okay, because Kodak’s Proimage 100 gave me some very fine results. It’s half the price of films like Portra, but it has fine grain, the lab scans it well, and it has just the amount of colour saturation that I like.

Gangneung Harbour Yacht Marina

The ground floor has a convenience store where locals buy fishing gear for fishing off the breakwater and docks. The upper floors have a coffee shop. I always assume that so many buildings are grey concrete and polished granite to save the expense of painting. Maybe people think polished granite is fancy, but I find the lack of colour to be depressing.

Desperate

The weather has been unkind to slightly lazy photographers lately. It’s either freezing cold, windy, windy and cold, or the light is too bright. Finally, I decided today that I had to get out of the apartment and make a few photos, even if they were nothing. The weather wasn’t too bad, actually. Cold, but not bad. And no wind! It was overcast so I didn’t have to worry about harsh shadows.

I got on bus 220 and went all the way out to Anmok where I made a few photos.

Nothing original here. Move along.
You are in . . . .
The GS25 convenience store is where I go for a tin of milky coffee every time I visit Anmok. There’s nothing special about it, but it’s usually the least crowded and smokers go around the corner instead of smoking next to the door.

I don’t think there are any buses from Anmok to Gangmun a little up the shore, so I caught a taxi. It’s not that far, but farther than I wanted to walk today.

People who visit this website will recognise this building. It looks better when it’s sunny.
And here it is in full. It looks like some ancient monolith standing in the middle of a modern town.
I usually use a telephoto on this bridge, but today I went wide. I think I got the horizon straight!
Military watch post. I don’t think anyone is ever in it.

From Gangmun I walked to the Heo Estate. It’s closed on Mondays, but I thought I might find something to photograph anyway.

The view from the parking lot.
The tippy-toe view over the wall.
This place is famous for Heo Gyun, who was possibly the author of the late 16th century Hong Gildong Story. It’s something like Robin Hood. In recent years attention has been turned to Gyun’s sister Nanseolheon who wrote poetry. The Heo family was quite progressive, and her father and brother gave her an education, which was something that most women couldn’t get at the time.
Detail of the statue.
Although the residence is ‘close’ (sic) today, someone was kind enough to leave some food outside for the cat(s) that make the place their home from time to time. Maybe humanity isn’t total crap.

No masterpieces here, but I was glad to get out with a camera and make some pictures. And the last scene really made me feel good.

I hope you have a good day as well.

Gyeongpo Wetlands Park

Too much shadow in the foreground, but by the time the sun comes up high enough to fill the ditch the pleasant morning light has been replaced by harsher sunshine.

Even if I can’t get any decent photos, it’s always nice to visit this place on a weekday morning. Most visitors use the exercise paths at the nearby lake and few people bother coming this far. Possibly because it’s far from the parking lot. Great for me.

Greenhouse

Farm, Geumsan Village.

This is the first time I’ve been happy with a photo of this greenhouse. In the past I think I’ve always photographed it straight on to get a view of what’s inside. But on this day I stepped to the left and included the structure in the background as well as the piece of panelling(?) in the foreground. I like the row of vents on the roof, which I never included before.

Neighbourhood Walk

Hanshin Apartments. The lightpole is the most important thing in this photo. And it balances the shadow on the right.
Giant of the Landscape. My best version of this scene so far, I think.
Shed Wall and Vine Support
These strollers are often used by old ladies as a walkers/carriers.
Persimmon Trees. I love the patterns the twisted branches make when they are bare. They might be difficult to see, but there are some persimmons still on the tree. In Korean they are called ‘ggachi-gam’, which means ‘magpie persimmon’. Traditionally they were left on the tree for birds to eat in winter.

I expected better results from Ilford PanF 50 film. I don’t know if the fault lies with me (did I wait too long to develop?) or the lab. Unless you request specific chemicals for your black and white film (and pay a bit more), the lab will use Tmax developer for everything.

Still, I’m please with some of the photos I got back. A few of them are cropped. Mostly because I only had a 50mm lens and couldn’t get as close as I wanted to the subject. In the first photo for example, I trimmed off the edge of another building. In the case of the shed and vine support photo, I had to cut out my finger from the bottom of the frame . . . .

Waiting for a bus, Seongyojang.

I checked the bus times on the printed schedule inside the bus shelter, on the city’s bus information website through my phone, and on the electronic bus information system set up at the bus stop. All three gave different information and all were wrong. I had to wait almost an hour for a bus, which gave me plenty of time to make a few photos of my surroundings.

Snow, 2006.

Photo by Park Yeong-ok.
Park Yeong-ok

I started taking a photo class at a Continuing Education Centre when I moved to Gangneung in 2005. Students met in a classroom on Thursday evenings to learn theory and have our photos critiqued by the teacher. On Saturday afternoons we met outside to make photographs.

On this particular Saturday we went into the mountains of Pyeongchang County, You might recognise the name from the 2018 Winter Olympics. First we photographed a field where Park Yeong-ok took a picture of me trampsing around in the snow. Then I made a photo of her making photos of the grass. Later we moved to a farming area where I made the above photo of the greenhouse. Good times.