How do you get inspired?
I would have to say that I am inspired by people. Landscape and cityscape usually do not change much. When taking photos starts to seem monotonous, I usually walk the streets of Daejeon/Seoul looking for good shots of people. On the streets I find a large diversity of people, in a variety of environments, with an assortment emotions, and doing a broad range of activities. When photographing people, it’s difficult to combine human emotion with compositional elements to get an awesome shot.
What has been your most challenging photography project?
A few years ago, I started creating a photography book. This has proven challenging in a number of ways.
What’s on your “bucket” list?
My photography bucket lists consists of:
1. An African safari.
2. Trekking through the Amazon rain forest.
3.Tour through the Australian outback.
4. Shooting a Cosplay in Los Angeles.
5. A week on the streets of Prague.
6. Camping out in Yosemite.
7. A solo exhibition in Paris.
8. Shooting a New York Fashion show.
9. Getting a photo on the cover of an international magazine.
10. To publish a photography book
What’s your biggest dream?
My biggest dream is to own a photography shop that sells equipment, does printing, and has a lot of studio space.
Describe one of your favorite photos
My favorite photo is of an older man smoking a cigarette. I had an idea when I first started doing photography that a man smoking might make a great shot. I had taken about a hundred shots of people smoking, but it was difficult to find an original. One day, while I was waiting to cross the street at Gwangjang I saw an older man enjoying a cigarette, the unique pattern from the smoke immediately caught my eye. I took a couple of minutes to think about how I wanted to compose the shot and then took 4 or 5 shots. It took about four hours in Photoshop to tweak the contrast/levels/color to get it right, I usually don’t spend this much time on a single photo. When the adjustments were finished, there was still a bit too much of the man in the photo, as I wanted the viewer to focus on the smoke. I tried a few different crops and finally found the perfect one. It turned out that this this is my most popular photo. From concept to end result, the “Smoker” is my favorite photo.
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2015 Yongsan International Art Festival
October 12 – October 23
Yongsan Art Hall, Seoul
Exhibition Place: South Korea DMZ Piece-Life Hill.
DMZ Museum., Seoul
2015/10/06 ~ 2015/11/06
Mokwoohee International Art Fair
22nd Oct. 2015 ~ 27th Oct. 2015
Hangaram Museum in Seoul Art Center (Seochodong)
Opening ceremony: 22nd Oct. 2015 (Tue) p.m 3:00