I eagerly stepped off my flying-tinned-death-trap after 13 hours in the air. I’d finally arrived in Seoul! To be honest, it was never a place I had on my list to visit, but an invite to do some filming and photography there, suddenly piqued my interest in it. For one, is Korean Fried Chicken a real thing or purely an obscure Colonel Sanders’ joke? (Turns out Korean Fried Chicken is a thing, and it’s delish..)
Walking down the pristine corridor to pick up my luggage, my immediate attention was drawn to the beautifully manicured plastic flora that were lined in salute at arriving passengers. On the wall stretched a large advertisement of a Korean woman with perfectly symmetrical features, eyes staring politely at my physical inadequacies. I later learned that it was an advertisement for cosmetic surgery, a lucrative industry in Korea that often bring in a many tourists around the world for a bit of nip and tuck.
My photography session was at Olympus Hall for a trio comprised of pianist Young Kwon Choi, violinist Marisol Lee, and cellist Michael Dahlenburg. I really enjoy taking photography of people in the midst of intense concentration and creativity. There’s a purity and honesty in their gestures and in the way they express their face. In that moment, nothing else but the task at hand matters, they are unhindered, and free from self-consciousness. Even those who are seemingly steely and detached speak a thousand words through the way they choose to express their creation.