In the morning I took a walk around a village near my apartment and in the afternoon I went downtown for another walkabout. No great works of art were created, but I thought people not living in Korea might be interested in some Korean scenes.
This wall is northern style. It has thick clay walls with smallish windows to keep out the cold in winter. Southern buildings have thinner walls and sometimes paper doors and windows can take up almost all the wall. This building is a shed if I remember correctly. I haven’t seen a window boarded up with corrugated tin before.
You don’t need to go to the city because the city eventually comes to you. This rural area will have five or six more apartment complexes in the next year. It wouldn’t be so bad if some of the interesting parts of the city came with them, but it’s always the same businesses that show up in a complex’s commercial building — a convenience store or two, a cram school, and a grilled pork restaurant. Maybe a Chinese restaurant if you’re ‘lucky’.
The downtown Agricultural Cooperative. The main floor is a supermarket where they mostly local and domestic products. The upper floors are for banking. It’s not a beautiful building but I wanted to make a record of it. It might be replaced by something else in thirty years or so.
There are no shiny new buildings in the back alleys of downtown Gangneung. Mostly cracked concrete, breeze blocks, and corrugated iron.
The second floor of Gangneung’s Central Market. The words in the windows are the menu items served in a restaurant up there. Grilled lance asiabell root, handmade dumpling soup, grilled dried pollack, steamed fish, mushroom stew, and seafood stew.
Lots of my downtown photos are details of things. Maybe I should try stepping back and make photos that show what the market looks like as a whole. On the other hand, I have to photograph what interests me. The next time I go out, I’ll try both.