This was either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning in Busan. I’m fairly confident it was in the P.N.U. area but I could be wrong about that. (Given how same-same everywhere in Korea looks, it could actually be Seoul.)
This was another Yashica Mat shot. Normally the frame is 6x6 but I cropped it down to get rid of some boring gray building. Remember: Cropping is your friend.
One of the reasons the Olympus Pen EE2/3 is the best camera ever made is because it/ they take some pretty raw-looking images. None of that “sharpness” or “bokeh” shit. No white balance. No EV button. No tricks. Just seventy two pieces of captured light.
I recently got my Holga 120WPC back and I gave it a run through a couple of weeks ago. Pinholes are easy to over-expose if you’re in bright light and are using faster films and this batch is no exception.
One thing I’ve noticed over the years is young Korean men clutching their girlfriends by the wrist, as if they want to keep them from doing something their girl brains tell them to do. I find it to be an awfully controlling gesture.
I don’t know when they tore down this neighbourhood to make way for the expressway they’ve got coming across the Geum River, but the entire place is completely overgrown so it must have been a few years at least. However, they forgot to remove the road sign, leaving the UPS delivery person with a potentially rough trip.
More of Nova Scotia in the spring, because I know that you’ve grown tired of looking at an attractive woman in a miniskirt.
This was taken with the Pentax KX when it was in a less smashed up state. As you might be able to tell by a few recent shots, I started using the lenses I got with it on a digital Pentax. It’s a bit fiddly, but it works well enough.
Weirdly, and I don’t know what’s causing this thought, I’ve been starting to think “Sharpness, sharpness, sharpness.” when using a digital. It probably has something to do with all of the pixels looking the same.
I tried to get them in the more candid moment I first saw them in, but being a big white guy in Korea means that it’s impossible to blend in. Using the kit lens also meant that my sneaky shot time was reduced.
Not having the Korean language skills necessary to pose them more interestingly, I simply let them strike the default “Asian Pose”.
At the risk of sounding like a dirty old man (Not to be confused with an O.D.B.) Korean youth seem to have allowed themselves the freedom to be attractive in their own bodies. Few seem to be starving themselves to fit into a certain size. Young women are allowing themselves to be curvier. Young men are pumping iron and becoming beefier.
I’m not sure if plastic surgery rates are lessening, they’re better at hiding the scars, or if it’s always been more of a Seoul problem, but folks don’t seem as plastic as they did a decade ago.
An unofficial member of the band helps entertain the crowd at Haeundae Beach in Busan.
The lighting was pretty tricky: Twilight on a cloudy day. I find everything taken that hour are dim and flat, and you can only do so much in Photoshop before an image gets stupid looking. This one was the most usable of the set.
I kept it for the unified dance moves more than any technical aspect. Besides, only assholes focus on the technical side of photography.
From what I understand, the fellow on the right is always on the beach, joining the buskers as an unofficial backup dancer when he comes across them. He does have that air of “harmless kook” about him.
Also, in the seven years since I’ve been to Busan, the Haeundae area seems to have become the local Expat Town. Which isn’t too surprising since they’ve made it possible to actually walk to the beach from the station now and there are always a lot of young women there.