From September 4 to October 25, 2020, my work will be on display at the new KT&G Sangsangmadang cultural arts in Busan, South Korea. The 12-story building features a cafe, a local makers shop, a two-floor gallery space, darkroom, live concert hall, a hostel, and so much more. On the 4th and 5th floor, an exhibition entitled Another Reality, will showcase the work of three photographers, two illustrators, and one installationist. More about my submission below:

Summer, After Dark is an ongoing photography project that focuses on Haeundae New Town, a neighborhood within the most populous and visited district in Busan, South Korea. My influence in photography derives from twentieth century American photography and the method of capturing the ordinary and commonplace by engaging with city landscapes and portraiture. In this project, I interact with the landscape of Haeundae New Town by only making images within walking distance of my home after dark.  These images capture the unperturbed banality of a popular seaside town’s streets and walkways lit by street lights and storefronts to impart the ever so subtle movements of the night and the warmth of summer through the application of long exposure.  

서머 애프터 다크(Summer, After Dark)는 대한민국 부산 지역에서 가장 인구가 많고 방문객이 많은 지역인 해운대, 그중에서도 뉴타운을 중심으로 진행 중인 사진 프로젝트다. 나는 20세기 미국사진술, 도시의 풍경과 포트레이트를 평범하고 흔하게 포착해내는 방법에서 많은 영향을 받았다. 이 프로젝트에서 나는 해가 지고 어두워진 뒤에, 집에서 걸어갈 수 있는 거리 안에서만 작업을 했다. 이러한 이미지들은 가로등과 상점가로 밝혀지는 유명한 해변 마을의 거리들과 산책로의 동요되지 않는 진부함을 포착하여, 긴 노출의 적용을 통해 밤의 매우 미묘한 움직임과 여름의 따뜻함을 전해준다.


Cool summer nights.
Windows open.
Lamps burning.
Fruit in the bowl.
And your head on my shoulder.
These the happiest moments in the day.
 
Next to the early morning hours,
of course. And the time
just before lunch.
And the afternoon, and
early evening hours.
But I do love
 
these summer nights.
Even more, I think,
than those other times.
The work finished for the day.
And no one who can reach us now.
Or ever.

The Best Time of Day
by Raymond Carver

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