December’s Photos

Here are my ten favourite photos from the month of December. Lightroom tells me I made 187 photographs in the last month, from two rolls of medium format film, three rolls of 35mm film, my iPhone, and the Fuji X-Pro 1. That number doesn’t include the large number of digital photographs I deleted while editing. I don’t delete photos from roll scans even if they aren’t good because I want to use Lightroom as a computer contact sheet.

Fish drying on pedestrian bridge Namdae River
Fish drying on a pedestian bridge. Fuji X-Pro 1

This bridge is near the downtown market area of the city and it’s not unusual to see fish hung from the wire rails to dry. I suppose it’s a good place to do it because there is often a good wind coming down the river and there is nothing blocking the sunlight.

‘Son Rock’, Town of Jumunjin. Contax 645, Kodak Portra 400.

This interesting rock formation is in the town of Jumunjin and is called ‘Son Rock’. A legend says that if you stand under this rock and make a wish it will come true. Many people used to (and probably still do) come here to wish for a child. Specifically a son. Thus the name ‘Son Rock’.

Girl walking past Son Rock. Contax 645, Kodak Portra 400.

While I was making photos a Korean man showed up with two non-Korean children. This girl is about twelve or thirteen and her younger brother was about eight or nine years old. Their father(?) spoke only Korean to them and the girl spoke decent Korean to him and fluent English to her brother, who spoke fluent English but little or no Korean. I thought about asking where they are from but they are probably asked that question every day of their lives so I let it go.

Short Alley, Gangneung. Contax 645, Kodak Portra 400.

There used to be a restaurant on the first floor. It’s hard to tell what building it belongs to or if it was just built between buildings. Just how many buildings are in this photo, anyway?

A tub of ginger in Central Market. Contax 645, Kodak Portra 400.

These ‘parking spaces’ are what the city made when cleared the main downtown streets of the grannies who were selling vegetables on the sidewalks. The old ladies show up with their stools and vegetables in the mornings and set up shop in these little spaces. Why these spaces are empty except for a tub of ginger, I don’t know.

Tubs of food around a fire hydrant, Gangneung Central Market. Contax 645, Kodak Portra 400.

A few years ago the city tried to increase the number of customers coming to the Central Market by building a roof over the market roads and drawing lines on the road to indicate how far into the road a stall owner could display his or her goods. You can see part of a  yellow line above the hydrant. The lines are ignored, as is fire safety. Hydrants are surrounded by tubs and many fire alarms mounted on walls and pillars have drying fish hung from them.

Children’s traditional dress, Gangneung Central Market. Contx 645, Kodak Portra 400.

There is also a clothing section in the market that sells rubber boots, coats, trousers, and so on. A few shops sell traditional clothes like these hanbok for children.

Gingko Tree, downtown Gangneung. Contax 645, Kodak Portra 400.

Near the market is this very old Gingko tree that looks beautiful in the autumn. (This photo was probably made sometime in November or possibly late October but I didn’t get the film developed until December). This photo only shows the trunk and the lower branches but it is several stories tall.

Paper collector parked in road
Cardboard collector, Gangneung. iPhone 6s Plus.

This carboard collector, who stopped for a fag at the crosswalk, figured that since his cart has wheels then it’s okay to leave it in the road. Once he finished his smoke he crossed against the light.

Daegu North Bus Terminal. Zeiss Ikon ZM, Kodak Portra 400.

Daegu is an industrial city and this bus terminal is located in one of the heaviest industrial areas.

And those are the photos I thought were the best for this month. After the New Year holiday I’ll bring the computer files to the lab for printing.

Last of the Hipstamatic Photos

The photos in my upcoming exhibition were made using Hipstamatic for the iPhone.  I first started using the application in 2011 and made my last photos about a month ago.  It was an interesting way to do a project but I think I am done with Hipstamatic.  Now I keep my Zeiss Ikon in my bag or in my hand and the iPhone stays in my pocket.  So, in this post I am sharing the last of the Hipstamatic photos I have in my ‘For Blog’ collection in Lightroom.

Bank of Korea and Clouds
Bank of Korea and Clouds

A friend of mine was once told by security guards not to take photos of this building.  Why did they make the building so interesting if they didn’t want people to take photos?  I was behind the trees in the foreground so I probably wasn’t noticed.

Aquarium, fish, and chefs.
Aquarium, fish, and chefs.

These two chefs were taking a smoke break in front of a raw fish restaurant.  In Korea the fish are kept in tanks outside the restaurant so you can see what you’re going to eat.

Street seller and crosswalk
Street seller and crosswalk

This elderly woman lays out her fruits and vegetables on the sidewalk to sell.  Here she is just taking a rest, I think.  In the road . . . .


Another woman selling vegetables on the sidewalk.  This is a very inconvenient place to set up because of the crosswalk but nobody says anything to her.  She is there nearly every day.

Well, that’s the end of the Hipstamatic photos and nearly the end of digital photos I have to share.  Now I need to get busy with film . . . .



This dog found a very nice place to take an afternoon nap.  Did he dream of fish, I wonder?
(iPhone, Hipstamatic)


His dream, if he had one, probably didn’t look like this.  These small fish were placed in shallow baskets on a pedestrian bridge to dry.
(Zeiss Ikon, Planar 2/50, Kodak Tri-X 400)


This friend is sitting on the waste basket looking like a king of Egypt.  A sleepy king.
(iPhone, Hipstamatic)


This friend is not so lucky.  Some farmer tied this stuffed bear to a post and a stick with an awful lot of rope to stop him from escaping.  Is this supposed to work as a scarecrow?  It unsettled me but maybe crows don’t mind.
(Zeiss Ikon, Planar 2/50, Kodak Tri-X 400)