I made it back to Moran Market in Seongnam a few weeks ago (other parts, 1,2,). I had a student recently tell me that the market is slated to be relocated because the price of real-estate has sky-rocketed in the area. The local gov wants to clean up its image and bring it into the times by relocating it into a modern facility. Goodbye pojamacha wonderland. I really love the atmosphere of this place. Visit if you have the chance, while you still can. Enjoy some makkolli, folk music, and timeworn culinary delights. Here are a few frames from the M6. Tri-X.
What follows is the outcome of taking off the bottom plate of my M6 without rewinding prior. I always enjoy the serendipitous randomness resulting from double exposures, lo-fi light leaks, and other various imperfections of outdated cameras. Here are some frames from various places in and around Seoul. Some of the last grabs at wintertime street photography, botched.
Disregard this image. Compiling photos and reading a small volume of Ikkyu’s poetry. I’ve somehow carried this slip of a book around for a long time. It never gets old. I don’t think the attempt at typography really works, but I am too lazy to replace it at the moment.
Lately has been busy. Still getting out over the last few weekends to wander. Here’s the most recent transmission.
One month down with the M6. Frames from the first two weeks can be found here. Shooting has been slower as the temperatures have dropped to below freezing and the days have gotten shorter. I am still trying to get out a few times a week although I seem to be dipping indoors much more often. Street photography in wintertime Seoul is tough. I stayed warm at a few exhibitions being held around town. One, a project put together by Magnum photographer on AIDS patients held at the Seoul Arts Center, and another of Lim-Eung Sik, the godfather of Korean photography, who had an interesting collection of images on the transformation of Myeong-dong.
I finally did it. Spent entirely too much money on a 25 year old German rangefinder camera. I read this article a few years ago and have toyed with the idea since. One camera, one lens, one film, one year. Archiving, printing, etc. I am excited about the year to come, who knows where I will be by the end of it.
I also want to make a point of shooting more, not strictly street. The frames below should progress from street to unpeopled cityscape to friends, nightlife, etc.
I got a chance to look through the new Magnum book of contact sheets, and had the idea to post the all the raw bits here. I know there are a lot of frames, but sometimes it’s nice to see the hits and misses.
I broke my collarbone skateboarding last weekend and since then I’ve been digging through the archives a bit. I can’t do anything active or get a camera up to my eye yet, so there’s not too much else to do. Here are a few B&W rolls I dug out from the past few months.
A few months back in the lackadaisical summer I started to fool around more with my holga (cheap medium format camera well known for ruining expensive film). I posted some of the color images here. I liked the way the images cohered, all sharing the same lo-fi qualities. I have been carrying the camera around a bit and trying to use it in different ways. I also started putting black and white through it. I’ve built up a pile of shots. Here are a most of them.