View From the Kitchen Window

Hoesan Village in Winter

Each apartment in my complex has two views. Some apartments have a view of an apartment building in the same complex and a view of the apartment complex across the road. Some apartments have a view of a neighbouring apartment building and a view of a scene similar to the one above. The units in my location of the complex are the only ones where you can’t see any other apartment buildings (unles you stick your head out the window and look hard left or right). We have the view above, and we have a view of a dale and hills. We can only hope it’s not all bulldozed and replaced with coffee shops and convenience stores.

Gangneung Medical Centre

Gangneung Medical Centre

I like that there is a person walking in from the right and filling up a bit of empty space. I also like that the yellow of the building matches the yellow of the plants in the middle of the photograph. I don’t like that I cut the back wheels of the van on the left, but at least I didn’t cut it out completely.

Anmok Beach

Here are a few more photos from a tourist area in Gangneung. As I mentioned in my last post, I probably won’t be going back there for a while, but, honestly, if you go on a weekday it’s probably as safe as anywhere else because there are few people around.

Lamp Post and Bench, Anmok Beach.

A young woman with a compact camera and a tripod went down over the edge of the sand to the water’s edge to make photos of herself. As she walked across the sand she kept looking back at me. Maybe I looked dodgy with my big DSLR, but I wasn’t pointing it at her and I was mostly watching the cloud puff moving across the sky into a good position.

Information and Warnings, Anmok Beach.

Here’s another photo with good composition but nothing to say.

Coffee Bean Statue, Anmok Beach.

I posted a photograph of the top two beans some time ago and someone asked to see the whole statue. Here is it. The technique is interesting, but the statue is ugly. Still, it’s a selfie hot spot. The buildings in the background have raw fish restaurants and coffee shops in them. I don’t go there.


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.


Apartment Complex and Power Line, Gangneung

I used to curse the power and utility lines that were always in the way of my compositions, but at some point I decided that I could use them to add interest to an empty sky. I made this photo from a dyke, which is why I could include the wire in the photo.