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Bujeon Market

Bujeon Market

This weekend, after visiting my Father-in-law in the hospital, we decided to take a look around Bujeon Market before jumping on the train home. This is a busy market full of fresh seafood and vegetables. While Jagalchi gets all the tourists, this market certainly should not be overlooked for those wanting to see a more traditional style market. Here at Bujeon Market, you won’t find your normal packaged/processed food items. What you...

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Bomun Lake

Bomun Lake

One of the best places to see cherry blossoms in the area is the Bomun Lake area in Gyeongju, South Korea. However, it is also the busiest and most crowded outside of the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival. At any rate, I thought that if I went out while the festival was on, it would take the pressure off of Bomun. I was wrong. Bomun was packed with cars and people for as far as the eye could see. However, I decided to push through and see...

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The Colossal Buddha

The Colossal Buddha

One of the coolest things that I have seen in a long time happened when I was driving to my new job at Busan University of Foreign Studies. As I was driving along I saw a colossal Buddha statue on the horizon. It was huge! As I drove along I realized that this was infact a temple of some sort and was worth investigating. As the blossoms have bloomed in the area and the weather is warming up, I thought that it was time to check out this...

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Gaya Land

Gaya Land

When someone asks you “Hey do you want to wake up at 5 am on a Saturday and drive an hour to a place you’ve never been to take photos…” you might have to think about it. When the sentence is finished with “… of an abandoned amusement park?” You immediately say “YES” That is how my weekend started. Meeting up with the usual suspects in my early morning photo shoots, we scattered across...

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Haedong Younggunsa

Haedong Younggunsa

If I were to pick a favourite temple in Korea, it would be a tie between Tongdosa and Haedong Younggunsa. While I love Tongdosa in the spring and fal for the leaves and blossoms, Haedong Younggunsa is great all year round. Recently, I was woken up at 5:30 am by a playful cat that seems to forget that the weekends are for sleeping in not jumping on people at 5:30 am. At any rate, after being assaulted by the cat and sipping a particularly...

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Sinbulsan and Jakgwaecheon

Sinbulsan and Jakgwaecheon

I have been itching to get out to shoot something these days but the weather has been less than great. With the unusual amount of snow that we had here in Ulsan, it left the skies grey and boring. Worse was now most of the snow has left leaving a dead muddy landscape. With my new camera taunting me I had to get out. The idea that I had was to capture the snow on the etched rocks as Jakgwaecheon. Sadly as I stated before, the snow was all...

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Daeboreum of the Past

Daeboreum of the Past

I didn’t make it out to last Friday’s Daeboreum Festival as my wife is more important to me than photographing a burning pile of sticks for the umpteenth time. At any rate, here are some shots from the past. Sadly I don’t see many people doing Jibulnori, or swinging buckets of fire which I always like watching. I think that it may be a good thing as I don’t think that it is too safe. At any rate, this is one of my...

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Memories of Korea Photo Exhibit

Memories of Korea Photo Exhibit

In a digital world a rare treat is to see great photos in print and on display. Right now 30 photographers from all over the world are displaying their favourite images of Korea in a 2-part exhibition in Busan. The first session is taking place right now in the underground shopping area, directly in front of the Lotte Department Store in Nampo-dong. The second session will take place at Cafe Gallery Salve near KyungSung University Station....

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Goodbye Jin Jang Middle School

Goodbye Jin Jang Middle School

Friday was my last day at Jin Jang Middle School here in Ulsan. It was a weird day as I went through a wide range of emotions but overall I feel that I am better off starting a new chapter in my life. I took my camera around the halls while the students were in class or heading home to pay the school one last somber tribute. I chose to make these shots black and white for a number of reasons. First of all the weather that day was very grey...

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What I Learned from Breaking my Camera

What I Learned from Breaking my Camera

I have been taking photos for a long time. I carefully carried my cameras wherever I went. When I upgraded, the old camera took its place on my shelf as trophy that said “I am a Photographer” Somewhere between here and Canada I have my Grandfather’s Brownie, my Father’s Pentax Spotmatic F, My old Canon 300D and finally my trusty 30D. It was replaced recently with a Canon 7D that I got a great deal on. Like all of my...

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