More From the Archive

Still nothing new to share. I am up to (down to?) 2015 in my photo organisation project and finding a few decent photos that I can post here until I have some good new photos to show.

Gangneung, City Centre. Motorcycle on Sidewalk. 2015

I remember I made this photo with the Zeiss Ikon, but I don’t remember the film. I could look it up, but . . . can’t be arsed. It looks like Portra to me. Many Korean motorcycles have 125cc engines because you don’t need a license to drive them.

Gangneung. Daewoo Prince. 2015

Across from the house where I used to live was a small hill full of small trees and weeds. People would park tight up against it out of consideration for drivers trying to get down the narrow road. There were cars parked on the other side of the road as well. Drivers look after their own, but ‘screw pedestrians’ is their battle cry. I often had to walk in the road trying to get to my house. I don’t remember the camera, but I think this was Portra 800 film.

Gangneung. Riverside Tennis Courts. 2015

I think I’ve already posted one like this with a scooter or something in it. Or did I dream that?

Gangneung. Riverside Tennis Courts and Cyclist. 2015

Here is the same location, but this time I used the Hipstamatic application on my iPhone 4. It was a bit difficult to get photos like this with the iPhone because there was often a delay between touching the shutter button on the screen and the photo being made. And sometimes if I didn’t touch the button correctly I wouldn’t get a photo at all.

Gangneung. Stairs. 2015

This photo was made with a Contax 645 and some Ilford film.

Gangneung. 2015

As was this one.

Gangneung, Gyeongpo Wetlands Park. 2015
Contax 645 again. I miss that camera, but lugging it around was a real pain once I sold my truck.
I hope you enjoyed these. More to come! (he threatened)

Gangmun Prints

Two streams that come from the mountains west of Gangneung empty into a bog which drains into a short stream that turns into a larger bog that then becomes Gyeongpo Lake which drains into a five hundred metre river/stream that ends up in the sea. The place where that stream enters the sea is called Gangmun. Gangmun means ‘River Gate’. Some years ago the city built an arched pedestrian bridge over the river mouth called Sotdae Bridge. Sotdae is a carved wooden bird on top of a pole used in Korean shamanism. Usually at the entrance to a village to ward off bad luck or wish for prosperity. But I meander . . . .

I only noticed while looking at this print today that there is a lovely little arch of light under the far end of the bridge.

I thought at first that this photo was too ‘left heavy’ because of the mass of the shadowed arch, but maybe the simplicity of the shadows section is balanced by the complexity of the right side of the photo. I’m still not sure about this one. Maybe it needs a little bit cropped off the left to make a vertical panorama? Let me know what you think.

And here is the Hyundai Hotel framed by the arch and the cables of the bridge. And the pine trees. I’ve tried this view several times in the past, but this is the first time that it came out well. So, happy days.
For those of you interested in such things, these were made with a Nikon F6 on Portra 400 film. I don’t remember which lenses I used. I used to send the film away to get 50MB scans, adjust those, and then send the files to the lab to get prints made, but I saved myself a bit of money and time by just sending the film to the lab to get prints of these three photos and then scanning the prints. Anyone unsatisfied with the scans my little Canon scanner made is welcome to visit my place to see the original prints. I’ll even give you a cup of tea and introduce you to my cat!

Smoking Stool

Gangneung, Anmok. Smoking Stool. 2019

Although somone has written “No Smoking” on a piece of yellow paper (or something), anyone who lives in Korea will recognise that a stool like this next to an alley means a place for people to smoke. Come to think of it, maybe a neighbour stuck that sign into the breeze blocks.

My Back Pages – Contax N1

All three of these photos came from a roll of Provia 100F film in a Contax N1 camera. I really liked that camera and its Carl Zeiss lens, but the spot meter died, the zoom lens that came with it was slow (but made lovely colours), and it was introduced in 2001, just in time to be killed by digital like its beautiful bigger brother the Contax 645. There were very few lenses for it as well. I gave the camera to a friend who doesn’t mind not having a spot meter.

Gangneung, Anmok. Beach Repair. 2015

 Anmok Beach was nearly wiped out by some bad storms so the city made a new beach that wouldn’t get washed away. In the background is the marina building.

Gangneung. Manhole and Hard Hat. 2015

 Where’s the head that’s supposed to be in this hat?

Gangneung. Fire Escape. 2015

One of my favourite photos. I have an 8×12 blu-tacked to my office wall. This building is gone now. The new brownish-black aluminium building that went up in its place looks clean, but it’s not photogenic at all.

I love Zeiss lenses. I wonder if it’s worth getting some for my X-T3. The Fuji lenses are fine so I think I’ll save my money. Zeiss glass t’aint cheap.

Market Lady

Gangneung, Central Market. Hanbok Shop and Shopless Market Lady. 2016

There are shops in Central Market, but also many vendors who just have an official place on the pavement where they sell shoots and vegetables. It can’t be an easy life.
Another one from the archive.

My Back Pages

Gangneung, Dano Festival. Woman Riding Bicycle Past Tents. 2016

March was a bad month for photography. The weather was either no good or I felt too tired because the new semester had begun. I have little worth sharing, so I thought I would dip into my archive and share some photos from the past.
   Early one morning I walked through the Dano Festival area by the river. The festival doesn’t really start until ten o’clock or so, and there are few people and most of the tents are closed. I walked through hoping to see something interesting and was not disappointed when I saw this woman coming down the lane on her bicycle. I framed the scene and waited for her to enter. Click. Hours of fun with a camera.


Gangneung, Gujeong. Frankenshed. 2019

This is an extreme example of the general untidiness and neglect you will find in the countryside. On the other hand, I suppose it is a good use of materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. And it gives me something to point my camera at.