Sometimes you have the need to get out and make some pictures even when the light is harsh and insensitive to the goals of the photographer. And at the end of the day, even if the photos are no good, you’ve at least satisfied the creative urge and gotten some exercise.

Bikini Burger Restaurant, Anmok.

I balanced the calories lost through exercise by having a cheeseburger, chips, and Coke at Bikini Burger. The decor is grey concrete walls with vintage decorations and some paint. The food is no more expensive than anywhere else and tastes better than most places.

Pine Bush, Songjeong Beach.

I don’t know if this will ever grow into a proper pine tree or if the wind, waves, and sandy soil will limit its size and shape.

Sotdae Bridge, Gangmun

I stood in this spot for ten or fifteen minutes waiting for someone interesting to walk by in the right spot. This couple had the most dynamic form of all passersby.

Sotdae Bridge and Hyundai Hotel, Gangmun.

The hotel in the background is actually named the Seamark Hotel and was built several years ago when the original Hyundai Hotel was torn down. I think many people call this one the Hyundai Hotel out of habit. According to what I’ve been told by a number of people, the original Hyundai Hotel was built on the order of President Park Jeonghee, the former dictator of Korea. He used it when he wanted to take a holiday on the east coast. Father of the recently disgraced Park Geunhye, who was impeached and then imprisoned for a number of crimes.

Sotdae Bridge, looking towards the shops and businesses of Gangmun.

I go to Gangmun now and then to photograph this bridge. I am still looking for the photo that will satisfy me.

Huddle Commercialism, Gangmun.

The picnic tables over this wharf are often used by groups of noisy men drinking soju and smoking cigarettes. This is generally true of almost any table in front of almost any store or restaurant.

The corona virus is spreading quickly throughout the country, so I probably won’t be visiting places like Gangmun for a while. Time to do some more exploring of country roads near my home.

9 thoughts on “Gangmun

  1. It’s a bit strange you think about it. There always seems to be this one bridge, house, pole or whatever that we never really manage to get done with. We keep on coming back and shoot more photos of them, then go home to look at the results, and then go back after a while and start all over again. Hopefully with a new approach the next time of course.
    I like your photos of this bridge. I have seen some of them some time ago as well. Nice lines and I can understand that you’re being dragged towards the thing.
    I’m going home in a few weeks. I hope the virus issue has become a bit weaker by then, but still we are getting a fresh load of crew on board the ship next week coming in from all over the world. I really hope they don’t bring anything on board, but I heard they will be checked before coming. Not that I think I’m going to die of it, but I must say I’m a bit more afraid we will have to stay on board for many weeks extra due to being quarantined out here or whatever.


    1. I also hope the virus disappears sooner rather than later. University starts in a couple of weeks with students from all over the country and a few places around the world. A couple of people are already infected at the university, so you can imagine what it might be like when the semester begins and we’re all crammed into classrooms. Korean guys love spitting, which also worries me . . . .


      1. Yeah… I’d like it to disappear as well. I don’t like to get stuck in the middle of nowhere, and nor do I like to get sick. Let’s cross fingers that everything will be back to normal soon.


  2. I like the first one very mch Marcus – the colour is great and the composition works.

    Bridges are difficult – can you get down to water level?

    Spitting in the street is still acceptable there? Died out (pretty much) here about 20 years back.


    1. You can get down to water level on one side of the bridge, but not at the moment because of construction work.
      You are supposed to get a fine for spitting in public, but it’s impossible to enforce. I hope people will spit less because of the corona virus, but there is still a lot of phlegm flying.


  3. It looks like a good area to go to with a camera now and again, Marcus – as Roy says, we all seem to have places like that. The trick is looking at it with different eyes to get a shot that’s not the same as all the others.

    You always do well with people in your shots – although as you say, sometimes this requires a deal of patience. How do you appear unobtrusive at such times (i.e., not a lurker!)? A fake phone call, perhaps?


    1. It’s hard for me to appear unobtrusive, but I think I usually get a free pass because I’m a foreigner and look like a tourist. That especially works in touristy areas. Also, I try to make it obvious I’m there for photography by frequently checking camera settings, looking at my subject and not people, and so on.


      1. The “obvious tourist” thing must cut you some slack, I reckon. I like it.

        On the odd occasion I’m in someone’s face I try to do the same, not make eye contact, look through & past the person/people as if I’m completely oblivious to their presence.


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