Leap Frog

This statue is in Wolhwa Park and I’ve attempted a number of times to photograph it but always been defeated by the messy surroundings. The city seems to be cleaning up the area now, but the little park with the giant gingko tree was surrounded by prefab shops (gone as of two weeks ago), an ugly green wire fence, and drunks. I finally hit upon the idea of using a short telephoto focal length to isolate some details.

Fire Hydrant Amongst the Waters

Central Market, Gangneung

Each shop and stall in Gangneung’s Central Market has a painted yellow line on the floor that vendors are supposed to keep their goods inside of. I guess no one from City Hall checks this, because many shops, especially at the ends of streets, use up as much space as they can.
The plastic tubs of this shop selling shoots and sprouts have engulfed a fire hydrant. The market’s safety code seems to be “Ah, It’ll be all right”.

Window Plant

I find some nice surprises while going through my archives. This photo is a favourite of mine, but I had forgotten about it. I was having dinner with a student in 2010 when I made this photo. The plant was sitting on the window sill next to our table and I took a moment to make a photograph of it.
By coincidence, I met the same student on Friday for dinner. She graduated quite a while ago and is a friend now. I wasn’t distracted by flower pots this time, but I was a bit distracted by a young couple in a coffee shop who were making photos of each other. They both had DSLRs, but the man also had an old film point and shoot camera and I was trying to see what brand it was. I never did find out, but . . . . Vivitar?

Fate

I may have mentioned this photograph in a post or in a reply to a comment. This photo was made during my Things-About-the-House phase. It’s a little bit silly, but I like to look at it. I like the contrast between the warm shell of the egg and the cool shadow of the spatula.

From the Archive: Standing Tall

The organising of my photo archive continues, and I’ve recently finished the 2009 folders. These two photos are similar in composition so I’m posting them at the same time.

Anmok, 2009.

This fellow paused in his walk along the river to stand on a hill and watch the river mouth.

Near Hapyeong Fields, Gangneung, 2009.

I’m not sure three pine trees constitute a copse or a bluff, but some years ago the city planted a number of these near the seaside where most of the tourists come.

I’m ready to start going through my 2010 folders, but the first folder contains hundreds of pictures I made at an English camp for children. It’s going to take hours . . . .

From the Archive: Seongyojang

Judging by the dates on these photographs, it appears I went to Seongyojang one day with a digital camera and then went back the next day with a film camera. Of course, film takes time to develop and scan, so it’s very likely I was at the residence with the film camera some days before.

Seongyojang, 2009

I suspect this photo of the gate and stepping stones is not very original. It’s not even that good, really. I think I made a better version of this photo later and maybe I’ll come across it as I go through my archives.

Photographer, Seongyojang, 2009

The top of the first photo is the bottom of the second photo. I like the red jacket contrasting with the neutral colours of the wood, sand, and clay tiles.