I've been traveling in South Korea for about two and a half weeks now and besides being constantly sweaty because of the humidity, I've had a blast. I'm trying to look at things with a very considered eye this year because I want to move beyond just making tourist pictures. That is a tough thing to do without being able to speak Korean (I can read now though!). I'm used to being able to talk to people to find out about off-the-beaten-path locales and to develop relationships that open photographic opportunities. I've made relatively few direct portraits, but many of people in varied environments, as a distant observer.
In going through the images I've made so far, I've curated the beginning of a possible series, in which modern and ancient ideas, attitudes, and iconography exist together. I think this blend of old and new exists in every nation, but compared to my experiences in France, it seems to be more ubiquitous and influential in South Korea. The tendency seems to be a symbiotic relationship, not a unyielding clash of forces. More to come in the coming month!