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Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul

April 1, 2014

The very futuristic-looking Dongdaemun Design Plaza just opened last week so I wanted to try and capture it in all its glory. These shots were taken twelve and nineteen floors up.

Seoul by Night

March 17, 2014

Dropped by SLR Rent near Hapjeong Station on Saturday to try out the Canon 5D Mark III and fit it with the killer 14mm f/2.8 lens. Was really impressed at how efficient the staff was and how smooth the transaction went. I was in and out of there in fifteen minutes. I was even more impressed with Canon’s low light performance and minimal barrel distortion.

Seoul’s Gritty New Promotional Video

February 14, 2014

Not your standard promotional vid. No glorification here, just the gritty truth. And that’s exactly what the creative team behind it set out to do. Co-directed by Park Chan-wook with his younger brother and supported by the city government, the 63-minute crowd-sourced film stitches together 154 clips from over 160 hours of footage from nearly 12,000 entries.

Personally, I think it’s refreshing.

Photo & Imaging Seoul 2013

March 27, 2013

The COEX will again host the annual Photo & Photo & Imaging Seoul this year. The event runs from April 4th through 7th and will showcase over 300 brands from 21 countries around the world. Five exclusive concurrent photography-focused events are expected to draw an estimated 90,000 domestic and international participants.

Photo & Imaging Seoul has built a 24-year reputation for showcasing the very best in photography & imaging goods. This spring, over 650 booths will showcase everything from cutting-edge compact and DSLR cameras, to bags and newly-released camera accessories, printers, SD cards, editing software, and photo albums. Samsung, Canon, Nikon and Sony will all be on hand to display their new products.

In addition to the exhibition, five corresponding three-day events will provide visitors with hands-on activities and demonstrations for an unparalleled photo and imaging experience. Coinciding with the exhibition are the P&I Photo & Travel Exhibition, a New Media Wave section featuring new technologies and trends, the Smart Accessory Show, Optical Science themed workshops, and the art fair ‘Seoul Photo Show’.

Special zones at this years’ exhibition also include the P&I Photo Book Fair, DSLR Movie Zone, ‘Dream Camera’ Zone, and ‘My Photo’ Zone. Special seminars will discuss a variety of photography-related topics, including photography and smart phones, art and photography, and culture and lifestyle.

Exclusive Coex-organized biz-matching meetings between buyers and exhibitors will optimize trade opportunity at the event, with co-marketing alongside top European photography show PHOTOKINA, ensuring premium global exposure for participants,

To grab your free entry pass sign up here. The exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm (last entry is at 5pm). For more information visit the website or email Rhiannon Shepherd at rmshepherd@coex.co.kr.

Patti Smith in Seoul

January 1, 2013

Hailed as both the ‘Female Legend of Rock’ and ‘Goddess of Punk’, the hugely talented Patti Smith will perform on Saturday, February 2nd at Seoul’s Uniqlo AX (formerly known as AX-Korea).

Born in Chicago in 1946, Smith began gaining attention in the 1970′s with her poetic, rock-infused compositions. She formed a band in 1975 with whom she had performed with in numerous clubs in New York. She soon signed with Arista Records and had her debut album, ‘Horses’, was soon listed as one of the ‘World’s 100 Albums’.

Her string of live performances left a unique footprint in the music world and inspired hundreds of other artists. TIME magazine listed her as one of the ‘World’s 100 Most Influential People’ in 2011.

In June of 2012, she announced the release of her 11th album, ‘Banga’, a reflection of her still remaining unique style sung in a storytelling manner. This album features Amy Winehouse in a classical ballad song, “This Is The Girl”, a Irish rock song, “Nine”, given to Patti as a birthday present from a close friend Johnny Depp, and twelve other songs that reflects Patti’s creativity in music.

The gig starts at 7pm. Tickets are KRW 110,000 (standing and seating). To reserve tickets get in touch with Justin at Private Curve (02-563-0595) or reserve through Interpark (ticket.interpark.com, 02-1544-1555).

JeongNamJin Group’s Christmas Initiative

December 6, 2012

It’s that time of year again. But while Christmas is soon upon us, some children are not so fortunate to be able to celebrate the holiday spirit with parents or siblings.

The JeongNamJin Group Home is a place for children in need of care. The Group Home currently has 11 children from ages 3-18. Some are orphans; some have family but no one able to care for them; others were rescued from abuse and neglect.

Their goal is to give the children as normal a life as possible. This year marks the 3rd annual Christmas Wishes Program for the children. Thanks to many of you out there, the program has been a huge success. With your help, they can have the same success again this year.

For information on how you can help out, please send an email to John Wurt at wurthjt@yahoo.com. You can also join the Group on Facebook at JeongnamJin Group Home for more details about the organization.

This is a really great initiative, and I was really happy to help out last year. It doesn’t take much to bring a little warmth and happiness into the hearts of these children. Please take a moment to consider.

Suseong-dong Valley

December 2, 2012

One of the good things about living a little out of the way is that you’re close to natural parks like this one. I remember thinking how great an attraction it would be when it was still under construction.

Located at the foot of Mt. Inwang, Suseong-dong Valley has quite a story behind it. For starters, the valley is the source of the Cheonggycheon, the 5.8 kilometer stream that flows through Seoul.

The valley was also the subject of a painting by Jeong Sun, a renowned landscape artist during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), and one of Korea’s more respected painters.

But then rapid industrialization took over, and the verdant grounds were shielded from view. As part of the initial stage of the urban renewal policy of the Seoul Metropolitan Government to supply Western-style common houses in place of Korean-style homes, Ogin apartment complex in Seochon was completed in 1971.

 

The apartment blocks were all built in the valley of Mt. Inwang so that the water, bedrock and trees of the valley could almost pose as the veranda and gardens of the complex.

It’s good to see the area returning to its former setting. It makes for a nice weekend out. An added bonus is that you’re 10-15mins away from both Roasters and Club Espresso, two of the city’s finest coffee shops.

Getting there: Take subway Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station and get out Exit 3. Grab Village Bus (those green little cartoonish-looking ones) number 9 and take it all the way to the end.

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