Monday, November 17, 2008



I started a new photography project called 'hemma' ('hemma' means 'at home' in Swedish.).

The idea of the project is that whenever my friends go on trips to their homes/ home towns/ home countries, I send my camera, Rollei XF 35, with them and have them to save their memories of home/ people through the viewfinder to share with others.

None of the photos of 'hemma' project will be taken by me, however, I think the concept really works and I can't wait to see more of my friends' homes/ home towns/ home countries through their eyes.

The first one who helped me with this project is one of my dearest friends/ coworker, Daniel.

Please feel free to let me know if you happen to be my friend and want to join my 'heima' project.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

the challenge

the world forgetting, by the world forget.

About the time I arrived at Suncheon bay, the sun started sinking. I started panicking - I had to take a few decent shots of the bay before everything disappears into the dark. If not, I had to come back to the bay that would cost me 10 hours of trip. It's my second freelance photography job for a magazine.

At that point, I was 2.3 km away from the observatory where I could get some decent view for some decent shots. I guess I would have given up already if I didn't remember reading an article that you get to see the most beautiful sunset for about 30 minutes up to an hour after the sun goes down. I never really paid attention to that but had to trust it at that point.

I started hiking/ running on 45 degree steep hill for about 15 minutes and another 20 minutes that was rather flat. I was out of breath, my legs were shaking... but I had a purpose. The purpose that I had to make it to the observatory before everything disappears into the dark. That was my mission of the day. During that short time I was running up the hill, I somehow was relating that moment to life and started remembering all those moments that I wanted to give up on challenges I faced. I walked faster and I started running.

The sky was still bright enough to photograph the bay when I got to the observatory. I had to twig some camera settings as I forgot to bring a tripod... but I got some shots. I got the shots because I didn't give up and the sunset became the highlight of the day. It was the most beautiful sunset ever.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

i live in this city.

I'm trying out Flickr slideshow embed on my blog.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008


four girls with one cat

I always have wanted to clone myself to be able to several different things at once.

It would be so nice if I can be on my Mac, drink tea, read a book, and play with Keefy all at the same time. Just like in this picture!

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

and i dream...

utata front page

One of my photos was featured on Utata front page sometime in June. I was so excited and it really made my day.

Today I got an email from one of my favorite photographers on Flickr, fiftyfootshadows, with a proposition of featuring me & my photography for the next Flickr Spotlight on his website. I'm totally stoked and can't wait to see which photos he's going to choose.

I've been down for the past a few days with the job that doesn't inspire me at all and I just started regaining the energy to dream again. John's email came in just about the right time and I'm very motivated now. I'm working on my TO DO list again and thinking about vol.2, button design, photography books, etsy shop, blurb, post cards, acrylic paintings, visual poem etc.

Yes, I dream therefore I am.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

my first.

my first photography book

This is my first photography book. I worked on it for Peter and his family to appreciate the beautiful memory of holiday in Black Forest last winter.

It took me quite a while to process the photos, edit, and put an order for printing. When I finally got the physical book in my hands a couple weeks ago, I was more pleased than I thought I would be.

I used iPhoto for this one but will try Blurb next time to avoid ordering and shipping issues - Apple iPhoto doesn't provide Korea on the shipping area list yet. Blurb seems to have a great feature of publication - anyone can order and buy my book once I put an order there. Who knows, my photography books can be popular, right?

I'm sure that I will put more efforts on photography book making in the near future.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008



New project idea - Doors in Seoul. Do not forget, YoungDoo.
Photo by daviderwin on Flickr.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

true ttv


I've been wanting to try TtV(Through the Viewfinder) for quite a long time but I didn't have a proper camera for that.

Since my wonderful friend Bill got me Kodak Duaflex II yesterday I was able to get some real TtV shots. It might sound too geeky but this is how I got this shot - I took the shot with my Nikon D50 through the viewfinder of my new toy (Kodak Duaflex II) using Mel's macro lens (Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED).

I really like the idea of working with both analog and digital together.

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new toys

new toys - kodak duaflex ii & seagull 4a

Last weekend was my lucky weekend. Bill got me Kodak Dueflex II(left) and Dave got me Seagull 4A(right). When people ask me how much they cost me, I say friendship.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

muddy weekend

I had another wonderful weekend with some good friends down in Daecheon Beach for Mud Festival. I spent Saturday covered in mud and Sunday chillin' by the water.

Unlike last year, I wasn't very motivated to take pictures of muddy people. These are some of the shots of the most beautiful fireworks I've ever seen as well as some pictures of people at the beach. Although the fireworks pictures are not even close to the actual beauty, I'm sure it will help me to remember the beautiful night at the beach for a long long time.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

through the viewfinder

beyond the window

I learn something new everyday. I came across to an article about TtV(Through the Viewfinder) photography today and now I want a Kodak Duaflex for real TtV. It doesn't seem much to buy on ebay but I have to figure out how to order first.

For now, I downloaded TtV texture off Flickr and tried a couple Photoshop manipulation.

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Friday, June 13, 2008


moi by bill

I went out for dinner with Betsy and Bill last night. The newly found restaurant Salad Dude in Shinsa became Betsy's favorite one in Seoul.

Bill brought his new toy, Mamiya. It was bigger and heavier than I thought but it was as fun as I thought it was gonna be.

This photo is taken by Bill with his Mamiya. In general, I don't like portrait photos of myself as I'm not a photogenic person or can't get a comfortable/ relaxed expression in front of camera. However, I don't mind this photo of myself. In fact, I kind of like this photo with the reason that I get to see myself with an expression I never see in other photos - other photos that were taken when I knew I was being photographed.

This photo once reminded me again what I see in front of mirror isn't exactly what other people see of me. I guess I rather look serious sometimes.

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

a perfect sunday.

lone boat

While Dave and I were talking on MSN this morning, we decided, on a whim more or less, to go on a day trip to get out of Seoul and take some photos.

We went to Yangpyeong and got some good shots at Dumulmeori and KOFIC Namyangju Studio. The weather, the traffic, the meal, and the company, everything worked out perfectly. It was a perfect Sunday.

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Thursday, June 05, 2008


I'm so excited that I found a cool blog on Diana+ - Diana Camera. I've been meaning to find out how to use Diana+ as a pinhole camera and this blog had the answer to it. Hopefully the weather will be nice on the weekend so that I can go out and get a roll of my very first pinhole camera shots.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

summer love

I had a wonderful Sunday photo-shooting session with my beautiful friend Monika & her husband, Teemu, at Namsan Park. This is the first draft out of so many shots.

Special thanks to Dave for lending me D200 & the wonderful lens.

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Friday, April 04, 2008

creative saturday

creative saturday @ cafe byul

One Wednesday evening, Justin and I were having dinner & wine at Grande in Shinsa. Wine, candlelights, and good conversation over dinner always inspire me. By the end of the evening, we came up with this random idea of getting together every Saturday and working on something creative. We call it Creative Saturday.

The first meetup happened on Saturday last week. We took over one corner with huge glass window on the second floor at Cafe Byul(Star). Such an adorable coffee & waffle place with a "wireless", yes, wireless & free, internet connection. The first Creative Saturday project was "We Dream...". We spent a couple hours to come up with a look frame or mock-up and we're pretty happy with the result.

It's another Saturday tomorrow. We have a couple of ideas on what to do. Whatever that will be, I think spending Saturday afternoon working on something creative is the best.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

at home.

I was introduced to Heima of Sigur Rós by Matt last night. The music and the imagery worked out perfectly together and it was one of the most beautiful things I've seen lately. I've been busy with my job and lazy with my life for the past a few months... but inspiration stimulates me. I want to put ideas together and want to come up with something decent.

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

I'm a geek.

It was such a muggy day yesterday and I thought it's a crazy thing to pick a day like that for a photo spree. Guess what, I did go out, walked around, and took a bunch of photos for hours. Okay, you can call me a geek.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

samchung-dong, seoul

The pictures were taken in Samchung-dong. Fun place with lots of art & design shops and galleries. Quite busy yet slow. It's funny I never knew such place existed in Seoul.

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