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.

Gangmun

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.

Photograph It While You Can

Gangil Transport, Gangneung

This taxi company office building is not beautiful or interesting, but I made the photo because it is probably only a matter of time before developers realise they can build apartments or coffee shops on this piece of land and this place will get flattened. I’m not against the tearing down of ugly buildings, but with a slowly shrinking population does Gangneung need more apartment complexes built for the sake of real estate investment?

National Assembly Patrol Car

National Assembly Patrol Car No. 1, Gangneung

This electric(?) car is parked behind a movable building in the same lot as the toilets. The National Assembly is in Seoul, not Gangneung, so why it would be growing roots out behind this yard is a bit of a mystery.

As for the building itself, I just noticed a sign in the background that says “Rest Area – Diaper Changing Station”. Insert joke about the maturity levels of national assembly members here.