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Vendors of Jangsangpo

By on Jan 6, 2016 in Korea, Photography | 2 comments

Itaewon Reborn

By on Nov 15, 2015 in Korea | 2 comments

I must admit that I never really liked Itaewon until now. It just seemed like too wild of a place. I think that it stems from a night where I tried to find a hostel there and found myself walking up Hooker Hill. I was then promptly grabbed by a large Russian prostitute and almost dragged into a seedy bar. Her Schwarzenegger-like accent demanded me to “have a good time” but I broke free and ran like hell. However, recently the whole area is gentrifying with mixed emotions from the community. Like most places in Seoul, there is a weird cycle that has started to happen. First, they get popular because of the independent shops and restaurants, the place becomes trendy so rent goes up, so the independent shops move out, generic businesses owned by large companies move in and soon it resembles every other place in the city. This is on the forecast for Itaewon but at the moment it...

The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2015

By on Oct 4, 2015 in Korea, Photography | 0 comments

The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk is always my favorite time of the year. It is an event that gets photographers from all over the world to come together for a day a photography and for a really good cause. In my mind, this is one of the best events and not simply because I lead one every year. I say that it is the best because they are not only making the lives of children better but also making a great experience all around. Too often these events take a marketing-style approach to a photowalk. They offer little in return but expect you to market the crap out of their brand or site. However, each year that I lead a photowalk for the Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, the whole package just gets better and better. Despite the fact that pretty much anyone can apply to lead a walk, I still feel privileged to so. This year however, was the smallest turn out that I ever had but that still...

An Evening in Kyeongju

By on Sep 20, 2015 in Korea, Where to Shoot | 3 comments

For some reason, I kept thinking about heading to Kyeongju and getting some photos. Not really sure why but I could shake the feeling that something good was happening out there. Not sure what I would find, I jumped into my car, heeded my wife’s warning about the traffic and took off. I can’t stress this enough, I had no idea what I wanted to shoot there. I felt like my shots of the Woljeong Bridge were a little boring and so I was heading out that way. However, beyond that I was not really sure what to do. I was just heading out to a beautiful city and hoping for the best and then something caught my eye. The sun was entering the golden hour and it was illuminating the fields alongside the highway in the most beautiful way. It was an elderly farmer that caught my eye as he walked through his field. Wishing that I could just stop and take a shot, I was about to just carry...

Photography and the Growth Mindset

By on Jun 9, 2015 in Getting the Shot, Korea | 0 comments

For the past 10 weeks I have been studying the “Principles of Learning” as a part of my masters degree in education. This course was particularly interesting as it talked about a lot of interesting issues on how students learn and how the brain acquires new information. While reading a number of extremely interesting books for this course, Carol Dweck’s “Mindset” book stood out to me. Particularly with regards to photography. In the book, Dweck theorizes that there are 2 mindsets a “fixed mindset” and a  “growth mindset” and that the growth mindset usually leads to greater achievement. When I looked at these two mindsets while focussing on photography, it gave me some useful insight into what may be a sticking point for some people. Certainly for myself it brought up a number of issues. The Fixed Mindset The fixed mindset for a...

A Cinemagraph Tour of Buddha’s Birthday in Korea

By on Jun 2, 2015 in Korea, Photography | 0 comments

Lanterns Blowing in the Wind from Jason Teale on Vimeo. If you haven’t noticed recently I have been putting a lot of time and effort into cinemagraphs, which are pictures that have a small area that moves. Many people think that these images remind them of the newspapers in Harry Potter. I personally think that they are a great wait to really draw a person into the frame. Cinemagraphs can be either in-your-face, where you can see right away what is moving or more subtle where just a tiny part is moving. I feel each has their place and I really try hard to find that point of interest. Over the last few weeks, I have visited a lot of temples to get footage for a video idea that I had. I first saw this style of video when world-renowned street photographer Chia Aik Beng from Singapore created a video from an old-style coffee shop called “Heap Seng Leong” I was moved by...

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