I enjoy making photos of city streets, alleys, and the odd things and little spots of beauty you sometimes find, but I will have to give it up. People sometimes give me suspicious looks and I’ve even been followed by middle-aged and older men so they can see what I’m up to, but the worst experience came a few days ago in front of a convenience store. I was sitting at a picnic table in front of the store to drink a tin of coffee when the fifty-something year old man sitting at the next table stuck a fag in his mouth and pulled out his lighter. I pointed out the clearly visible No Smoking sign and asked him not to smoke, especially since there was a non-smoker next to him. He started cursing and shouting at me and he stood up and started to come towards me threateningly. I pulled out my phone and entered the police number, keeping my thumb above the call button in case he actually tried something. Luckily, a younger man (who was also pulling some cigarettes out of his pocket) tried to calm him down and led him away to an alley where he could smoke. That was the worst case ever, but people often react angrily when you ask them not to smoke next to you in a non-smoking area. And it’s not just the psychotic smokers and suspicious looks that have put me off doing city photography. It’s the sociopath drivers who come up on the sidewalks where you are standing or walking and get angry when you protest. That sort of thing happens all the time, and if it still bothers me after twenty-odd years of being in the country then I think I need to avoid spending time on the city streets. If you can’t beat them, avoid them.
   I won’t have to give up all photography, of course. My apartment building is on the edge of the city and from my window I can see a valley, hills, and fields. From my building to a small valley surrounded by peaceful hills takes just a minute or two of walking. And there are quiet villages and country roads within easy biking distance. In addition to the opportunities for landscape photography, there are many historical sites around the city where I can go to make photos. Depending on the day, these places are more or less people-free and quiet.
   I’m going to ‘dump’ my remaining photos in this post and then start fresh with photos from the valleys, the hills, the fields, and the historical places around the city. It is, after all, quite a nice city if you can get over the behaviour of some of the people living in it.

This was the only keeper from a bicycle ride around a reservoir. The tree is interesting but I couldn’t do anything with it.

An aisle in Gangneung’s Central Market. The sign says motorcycles are not allowed to drive down the aisle.

The Heo Estate. I like how the doors get smaller from right to left.

More doors from the same building. 

A rural scene made through a tourist information sign.

The Heo Estate again. 

Amice looking out the window, as usual.

The peak of a little rock island at Sacheon Beach.

Very large boulders on Sacheon Beach. 

A memorial to someone or other in the village at Sacheon Harbour.

More Sacheon Beach

The entrance to a jazz bar in a Gangneung alley.

This scooter is always parked at the entrance to the park surrounding the one thousand year old gingko tree.

Another downtown alley.

Market Area.

Car and concrete wall. I rather like this and planned to make more like this before I decided to pack it in.

Post box.

An alley in the village of Anmok. 

An historical site in downtown Gangneung guarded by model guards.

A side entrance to an historical site. 

A side street in downtown Gangneung.

Looks familiar . . . . 

A water trough at the Heo Estate, day after rain.

Statue of Ms. Heo, whose name I can never remember.


Two fish statues at Sacheon Harbour.

Rock island and water pipes leading from fish restaurants to the sea.

Tsunami warning equipment. Probably. Sacheon Beach.

The same rock island from just above but from a different view.

Old signs advertising a noodle restaurant in downtown Gangneung.
A new post with new photos and a new focus is coming soon. Until then, stay off the sidewalks!

6 thoughts on “Long Post, Complaint, A Resolution, and Many Photos

  1. You got a real great bunch of photos there, Marcus! A real pity you can't do anymore of the same, but of course it's rather disturbing work to do when the environment you're walking in is of this kind of nature. I just wonder why it's like this? Do they have a lot to hide, or are they just automatically suspicious to anyone carrying a camera? Or there might be completely other explanations to it? I guess you may get some sort of reaction sometimes when pulling out a camera on the streets, but nothing like that over here at least. Would they do the same to any tourist walking about snapping happily as well? I just wonder…


  2. Thanks for the compliments. Some of the bad experience comes from a suspicion of cameras and some of it could be that I am a foreigner. Probably a lot of it comes from me being a foreigner. It also depends on the location. Most people don't care if I am making photos in a tourist area (everyone else is). Once, however, a man demonstrating a fancy vegetable peeler at a festival booth growled at me, \”No photos, friend.\” I said, \”No photos? At a festival?\” That just got me a hard look so I went away. Perhaps he thought I was a patent thief for some rival Canadian peeler manufacturer. Anyway, I'm going to avoid the problem situations and practise photography in quiet places.


  3. (I am posting for Anon-E-Mouse, whom Google hates and sometimes/often won't let him post to this blog.)————-The smoker is under threat – across the world they're backed into corners and regarded as the dregs of a clean-air society . . . personally I miss the smell of ciggie smoke at times but then I am weird like that!This is a very strong post Marcus – there's some great pictures there – an excellent sense (and balance) of colour. Actually the colours remind me very much of the look you used to get with Ilford's old Cibachrome process where you could reversal print off of slides – it gave a totally different feel to a scene – that's what you've got. Great stuff and am looking forward to the country calm . . . maybe you should pop Amice in a rucksack with his head poking out of the top and take him for a ride ';0)Anon-E-Mouse


  4. Thanks for the comments. Always appreciated. I looked up the Cibachrome process online. Wow, wow, wow. Those are pretty amazing and no doubt requires a real master printer to produce.Amice would be most unhappy stuck in a bag. He hates going anywhere.


  5. Good post, Marcus. Awful story, though. Confrontation of any sort these days is scary – there are a lot of headcases around, or so it seems. I hope you can avoid situations like that in the future.The 'no photographs, friend' comment reminds me of an old joke back in the day. 'No photographs – security reasons…Social Security '. Perhaps the guy was bootlegging or should have been somewhere else instead of flogging gear at a market festival.And I agree with Anon-e-Mouse about the colours. They look old-school to me as well. Nice to get away from the awful full-on saturation we see all the time…with the sliders 'up on bust' 😉


  6. Thanks. Yes, lots of headcases. Ugh. The photos above are a mix of digital and film. I usually use what the camera produces or make small adjustments using the camera company's raw converters. I paid big money for those cameras so I don't see why I should do any work. 🙂


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