A Trip to Sokcho

Half a trip, actually. The other photos from the outing are on as-yet unscanned slide film.

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I made this photo while waiting for the bus to Sokcho. The bear next to the lady in the pink shirt is one of the 2018 Olympic mascots. When I noticed this potential scene only the woman next to the bear was in the composition. I waited and an older woman sat back on to me just where I wanted her to. Then I waited another few minutes for a bus to pass by on the other side of the road.

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This is a bus stop in Sokcho. The Olympic mascots look happy about the garbage bags.

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The rest of this post documents my walk from Sokcho’s high street to the harbour about 3.7 kilometres away. Rice straw is wrapped up in plastic here to await shipment to . . . cattle farms? Sandal factories? Peasant maidens for conversion to gold on spinning wheels?

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A sign by the riverside warning people that planting gardens next to the water can result in a ten million Won fine (about half the price of a decent car) or up to two years in jail. Ouch.

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This tractor is in hard shape. The headlight is missing and it’s rusted up. It looks like someone backed into that fence.

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Rice fields at harvest time.

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This rice has been harvested by a machine, leaving the straw in nice straight rows in the field. I once spent a day cutting rice by hand and it was very hard work. Anyone who says traditional farming methods are better than machine methods can go straight to hell. Where they will spend an eternity harvesting rice by hand . . . .

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This photo and the next are my favourites on the roll. I like the contrast between the dark green living grass and the paler green of the harvested rice stalks.

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Same photo but diagonal.

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My wife doesn’t like this photo but I do. At the moment. It probably won’t get printed because it seems a bit too imbalanced between the left and the right. Anyway, ‘submitted for your approval’.

The other photos from Sokcho on the slide film will show up here in a week or so. If any of them pass my editing process. There’s one of a cat that will show up here for sure so you can look forward to that.

 

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