This is the side window of a shop display in downtown Gangneung. The pipes are coming out of the building for something, but I don’t know what. Is this where fire engines connect their hoses?
I was walking home one day when I stopped and framed the bridge and the apartments with my mobile phone. I made several photos of passing vehicles before this moving van came by and thematically completed the composition. I wasn’t waiting for a moving van to come by – any large truck would have done. It was just fortunate that a vehicle with a connection to the background appeared.
I’ve always like this photo, but now I wonder if it would be better if I had included another bridge support on the right. I have the sensation that the weight of the truck is going to tip over the bridge.
Markets often have shops like this one that sell side dishes. This place has a huge variety of spicy, salty, and savoury foods meant to be served with rice.
This tired woman was sitting next to a store that sells traditional Korean clothes called hanbok. She didn’t have a regular market stall – she just sat in an empty place on the sidewalk and sold greens from baskets.
I feel a bit guilty about this photo. I took advantage of this woman’s poverty for a picture and I waited around for her to put her hand to her face and rub her eye. It’s not the sort of photo I usually make, but I was struck by the contrast between the colourful, fancy dresses and this old woman sitting on the concrete in a cheap jacket.
In autumn some older people buy chillies from farmers and then lay them out to dry wherever they can. Parking lots, sidewalks, anywhere there is a flat space and an inconvenience to passersby.
In old hilly neighbourhoods the houses are all close together and from the paths on the hill you can look straight down into anyone’s property. The properties are not usually photogenic, but this bit of roof with its ‘rib’ showing attracted my attention.
I have a black and white film version of this photograph somewhere, and it may appear here in the near future.
I may have shared this photograph on my old blog some years ago, but I can’t remember so I’m sharing it again as I organise my old photos.
Dano has been celebrated in Korea for a couple of thousand years and then even earlier in China. It has a thousand year history here in Gangneung and this city’s festival was designated a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. The main event of Dano is a shamanistic ritual thanking the sky deity once the fields have been sown in spring. Gangneung might be the only place where these rituals are still carried out. What mostly happens during Dano is a week-long market where people sell bed clothes, clothes, household goods, cheap trinkets, and food. Recently there have been tents set up by people from other countries selling things from their homelands.
I dislike festival crowds and so I avoided going there after I visited once or twice. Now and then I will visit very early in the morning to see if I can make some photos of the tents and empty spaces. I saw this lady coming from some distance so I composed and waited for her to come into frame. Click.
I’m not sure how people get on this small fishing boat. It’s not tied up at the dock. It’s anchored next to the breakwater and difficult to get to from land. Maybe someone drops the fisherperson off every morning in another boat.
This red lighthouse is a popular stop for tourists visiting Gangneung and Anmok Harbour. It’s no different than hundreds of other lighthouses of the same design around the coast, so I don’t see the attraction. Maybe people just like being out on the breakwater to enjoy the sea air.