화성

Last week we had Wednesday off because of elections. Taking advantage of this extra time, a few of us decided to adventure out of Seoul and head for a walk along the walls of 화성, which means Brilliant Fortress, in Suwon (화성 is pronounced as Hwa-seong). Suwon is about 30 km south of Seoul and is easily accessible via the subway. 화성 was built from 1794 to 1796 and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It reminded me a lot, actually, of the Great Wall that I saw earlier this year when I was in Beijing. So I like to call it Korea’s mini great wall.

Trevor attempting to take a photo of Rachel and Jess while Nate looks on.

Along our walk we encountered some cherry blossoms and in our attempt to emulate the Koreans and their many poses, we ended up with some pretty interesting and well, hilarious, poses. For a full explanation and more poses, please visit Becker’s post on the same trip (Hey, I’m lazy and why write it out again if it’s already been done?). Anyway, check out some of the photos.

Great fun was had by all.

Oh, if any of you are wondering, as my sister did, “Ou est Jen?” (“Where is Jen?” for you non-French speakers out there), she opted for a little shopping in 명동 (Myeongdong) instead.

The weather wasn’t spectacular that day, and it ended up drizzling ever so lightly towards the end of our walk, but it was still really nice to get out and stretch the legs a little. And it also provided some nice props, in the form of umbrellas, for some photographs. Feeling somewhat creatively dead lately, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to get some pop into my photos. I know that part of my problem is that I simply haven’t devoted the time to pursuing the art, but I’ve also been struggling lately with thoughts that I just don’t have the eye for it. I have a decent technical background, but at the end of the day, I’m just not sure I’m an “artist”. Having said that, I’m still trying and I’ll continue to play around and maybe I’ll find my niche. Anyway, I did enjoy one aspect of photography that I have historically not enjoyed so much – and that is the post-processing part of things. I’ve always enjoyed just taking the photos but ask anyone and they’ll all tell you that it takes me months before I do anything with them. So considering this happened last week, it’s certainly a break from the norm.

I did a little playing around, specifically with some colour accents:

These took a lot longer than I had expected and there was a lot of frustration involved in learning how to do everything that I wanted, but in the end, I think that I’m happy with the results. So I’ll keep working away. Learning’s never easy is it? I guess I wouldn’t be a very good teacher if I myself gave up when things got hard, huh?

In other news, Jen and I also had the opportunity to attend a Korean wedding. Although it wasn’t a traditional Korean wedding, it was still a really interesting cultural experience and we’re glad that we were invited. We’ll post more on that soon, hopefully before a few months pass…

-Jeff

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~ by dawseng on April 17, 2008.

5 Responses to “화성”

  1. Peut-être il dépend juste de ce qu’est votre définition d’un artiste…..

  2. Yeah, I know that this discussion would likely get into that. What it comes down to is that I don’t feel like any my “work” is truly art. None of it makes a lasting impression on me. Sure, I know that some of my photos are pretty good, but none of it is great. I never think of any of them 2 months, 2 years down the road and think, “Wow, that was an inspiring photo.” When I think about art, I think about things that last. Everyone’s got different opinions about art, but what it comes down to is that *I* don’t *feel* like an artist.

  3. I LOVE the picture with the colour tints still in the umbrellas – almost makes me think it is a grey, snowy day as opposed to a Spring one with flowers. Is your header photo from Gumgangson? Pardon the spelling on that last one…:)

  4. Yep, the header is from our trip to North Korea. Good eye! I’m impressed that you identified that. We spent a lot of time trying to find a decent photo that would work well as our header and after probably too much deliberation, we finally decided on this one.

  5. Great black & white photos Jeff, especially the first one. So much space & great lines … I love the mood.

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