This week I’m back in Seoul, visiting with friends, welcoming a new baby, eating delicious food and marveling in the joys of public transportation. Being here is a good excuse to share with you some photos I took last fall on my friend Youngdoo‘s ailing Rollei XF35. I usually focus my cameras on the prettier [...]
Yes, I promised you four year retrospectives and sappy, sentimental, eye-roll-worthy nostalgic interludes. I claimed it is how I roll, and I promise you, it is. But you see, after four years there are some 10,000 + photographs through which I must sort. There is also the making of arrangements, the packing, the selling of [...]
I’m spending a lot of time at and near home these days. Rather than exploring the places I’ve yet to visit, I’m a bit more keen on soaking up as much as I can before I leave of the normal everyday that has been my life here in Seoul. Running along the river, coffee from [...]
Let me just get this right out of the way and explain something about the Korean dong. Did you just giggle? I’m sure you did. She said dong. Yes, yes she did. It’s not the first time, and I promise you it will not be the last. In the West, in primarily English-speaking countries I [...]
I returned to Seoul just in time for the wedding of my good friends Mel and Hyunyo. You should know that Korean weddings are essentially a two-hour photo shoot to which your friends are invited. And most Korean weddings can be likened to an afternoon at Cats: The Broadway Musical, complete with all the special [...]
Last Friday was a public holiday in Korea, and Youngdoo and I met in Hongdae to drink coffee and play with toy cameras. It was a summery day, begging for hot dogs and ice cream cones, so instead of coffees we opted for late afternoon beer and sausage sets at Cafe 1010 (www.cafe1010.co.kr) So cute! [...]
Each spring, Seoul comes alive with glowing lanterns strung along the streets and among the temples in celebration of Buddha’s Birthday. The Lotus Lantern Festival is a 2-week affair of temple events and lantern making, culminating in the famous Lotus Lantern Parade through downtown Seoul, a particular favorite among expats and visitors.
The Coffee Lab in Hongdae serves fresh roasted beans, a mean affogato and a perfectly quiet Sunday morning.
I moved a large marble table to get the perfect framing. I moved the lever back and forth endlessly until I was certain the focus was perfect. But when I pulled the tab on the polaroid, the film came out sliding on the emulsion and a gooey, unfortunate, light-leaking mess. Not so perfect. On New [...]
Today it snowed the most it’s snowed in seventy years in Seoul.
Sinchon Rotary :: Seoul, Korea December 2009
There have been flurries and snowsqualls, but this was the first one to stick. It made everything in Seoul so, so quiet. Well, except for the screaming college girls. They weren’t very quiet. But their excitement and snowball fights and giggling almost made up for the screaming.
Given the Very Long List of Things I Have To Do Before July 19th, I should probably not be prancing about in Samcheong on a Sunday afternoon, lollygagging in cafes, drinking Mango smoothies, buying necklaces, shooting Agfa, poking heads in shops, eating woodfired pizza and having a rather perfect summer afternoon with a Finn and [...]
One Saturday morning last November, after inadvertently closing down Baby Guinness the night before, Youngdoo and I slept late and then meandered our way down Namsan Mountain, through the winding streets of Haebangchon, in search of hamburgers. Along the way we stumbled on a tiny little shop with ddeokbokki steaming in the window. For $1, [...]
Thursday evening, Summer: A trip to the lab, drop off/pick up, a run on the river at sunset, This American Life, freshly picked flowers on the table, mushroom spaghetti, tending to plants, washing clothes, chatting with Doo, a blue couch and freshly washed windows.
Bits and pieces of the neighborhood on film. Hongdae & Sinchon :: Seoul
It’s been a long, weird week. Between the former President’s suicide, the rumblings north of the border, and the swine flu quarantine of a slew of foreign English teachers (of which a friend is part of the house arrest quarantine), Korea has been all over the global airwaves, and it’s not been very pretty. I [...]
It all started at lunch last Friday. I spied a photo of pasta something with something sauce and CAPERS, slammed the menu shut and declared, “I am going to make chicken with lemon caper sauce tomorrow.” “Excellent, I have planned nothing,” declared Erik, inviting himself over. And so it was that I found myself hosting [...]
One of the things I love most about Seoul are all the teeny tiny shops and their amazing merchandising and design. Everything is presented so beautifully, you want to buy everything in the place even if you can’t figure out what the hell they are actually peddling. at Corner near Sangsu Station in Hongdae is [...]
You know that perfect kind of day? You know the one. The kind where nothing is particularly perfect, particularly spectacular or amazing, it just is? And in that is-ness is the perfect? That kind. Because today was not the kind of day in which birds follow you down the street attending to the hem of [...]
April 2009 :: Jonggak, Seoul Fuji 400H, Nikon FE
I believe I’ve mentioned that I used to live in a cave in the remote corners of Seoul. Once or twice. I no longer live in a cave, and I now live in the exact opposite of remote. In fact, I live in the very center of perhaps the most vibrant part of Seoul. As [...]
Lotus Lantern Festival 2009 :: Buddha’s Birthday Cheonggyechon Stream, Seoul