Back in 2015, I spent 5 months in Korea. I took some photos and wrote a few words about the trip here.
In my experience of travel, it's easy to speak of returning and staying in touch, but the reality is often quite difficult. I think I was honest with myself about that reality with Korea and my friends there. But I also made a decision to commit myself to stay connected to Korea and keep learning it's language, not only because of my friends there but because I saw immense value in engaging with a culture so different from I grew up with. Different norms, beliefs, lifestyle.
I finally got to return in April this year for 10 days. Just long enough to explore some new places and eat noodles with my friends, practise my Korean, wonder at the spectacular spring bloom and take a few photos. Although there was a sense of familiarity this time, I was reminded again of the value of my experience there. Again, it was sometimes tiring and difficult to navigate around and communicate but it was, in the end, rewarding.
I just took my Chinon this time, a fixed lens automated 35mm film camera. I've enjoyed using this camera lately, as it reduces my creative choices to frame composition (in addition to the fall of the light). It doesn't let me think/worry about aperture, focus points, ISO. I took an interesting course in creativity theory last year and it helped me realise how I find constraints like these enabling for creativity, atleast in this case. I also got to complete the 4 seasons series of the beautiful Hanyang University, Ansan Campus, see below. I actually lost a roll of film while I was over there. That was a sad day! So I only have a few photos to share. But I really like them, and I hope you do too!
My soundtrack for the trip was mostly Keaton Hensen. Check out his tunes here.
Here's to my lovely friends in Korea, who give and love so well.