One of my goals in the last few months has been to simplify my photography. I carry a Nikon F100 loaded with Provia 100F film (that’s a nice symmetry; 100F for the F100!), I lug a large tripod and my Contax 645 medium format camera loaded with Velvia 50 film to sites of interest, and my iPhone is always in pocket for snapshots. My goal for the future is to make far fewer photographs but to think more carefully about the photographs I do make. Thinking carefully before making a photo is easier when slide film is so expensive these days . . . .
A couple of days ago I posted some of the first photos from this newer, simpler way of photographing but before I make more photographs I want to ‘dump’ a number of photos I’ve got lying around on my hard drive but haven’t shared yet. Some of these are snapshots and some better thought out.
This photo is poorly exposed but I like this kind of old truck. This one is a Kia Ceres. They are getting a bit rare now. Seeing this kind of vehicle makes me want to leave the city and live in a mud and wattle house in the mountains.
I don’t know how rare this kind of bus is in North America now but it’s the first one of its type I’ve seen in Korea. It’s a bit difficult to tell from the photo but some of the windows are smashed out. I’m curious to know who brought it to Gangneung and why.
This is the local bus terminal out by the beach. These buses have modern headlights and air-conditioners but I don’t think anything else has changed in these bus designs since the fifties or sixties. They are very uncomfortable, there aren’t enough seats, the engines often sound terrible, and the drivers need lessons in shifting gears. There seems to be no competition from foreign bus companies so the Korean bus manufacturers can’t be arsed to spend money on designing good city buses. Maybe.
This litle van is much used by small businesses such as dry cleaners for delivery. This one is used for bringing tins of drinks around to vending machines at the university. I thought perhaps this model went out of production but it turns out you can still buy them new quite cheaply. If I ever buy a vehicle I might buy one like this because they fit into any parking space.
All these signs say, “No Parking. We ask for your cooperation”.
I met these two dogs while walking through a park one day. They were very unhappy about me being there.
An unhappy cat. But he’s probably just annoyed that I kept calling his name so he would look at me.
A slightly happier cat. He smelled the flowers and was thinking about what to do next.
Two very happy cats who live at the vet’s clinic. They love the straps and smells of my rucksack.
Two more happy cats. 🙂
I’m not sure these clams feel any sort of emotion but it won’t be pleasant when they’re thrown into a pot or on a hot grill.
When Korea Rail removed the tracks running through the city last year it revealed the back sides of houses and buildings that were previously hidden from view. Most of them look like this.
My wife asked me why I made this photograph. This area by the beach used to be famous for all the coffee vending machines lining the streets. Now it’s being taken over by Starbuck’s and Korean chain coffee shops. These machines might not be around in a couple of years and I wanted to remember them.
The sign is advertising for someone to do face massage and includes a phone number. If you have a bit of change for the phone the job could be yours!
Mr. Bus Information Head
A roller for keeping a gateball court in good condition.
This is inside a local noodle restaurant. I sized up the pots, the doors, and the background buildings while waiting for my noodles and then picked up my camera and waited for someone to come in or go out. This was the best out of four or five frames.
This is another photo where I made my basic composition and then waited for the passersby to walk into good positions.
This photo originally just going to be a picture of the sphere and the lights in the background but I noticed this girl walking down the path so I waited and made this photo when she got into a good position.
Something old, something new.
Preparing grub on the breakwater.
A lovely day for a boat ride.
Another compose and wait photo.
I think the composition of this photo is better than the one before it, though the one before it is a bit more exciting.
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It says ‘Susan’ under the double S. An unfortunate design . . . .
It’s only possible to make a decent photo of these rocks on weekdays during the off season. At other times they are crawling with tourists taking photos of each other.
Stone and concrete wall.
Buy-and-Sell Newspaper racks.
A stall selling side dishes in the downtown market.
My office walls are still quite bare because I keep forgetting to print photos and because I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to keep the office I have. I hung up my umbrella on a nail the other day and decided that would be my office decoration.
Thanks for looking at all the photos.