Downtown Walkabout

Sometimes I go to a pre-decided place with a tripod and make a number of photographs. Other times I just step outside the door and go left or right as the mood takes me. Near the beginning of October I did that several times and here areĀ a few of the better photos from those walks.

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In the downtown market there is a shop that sells Buddhist supplies. Incense, candles, grey clothes, and small statues like this one. This Buddha stands outside the shop under the electricity meter. I’m sure this is profound in some way.

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Tourists come to the Gangneung market for things like the fried chicken and other foods but most of the market is not very picturesque.

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This is the large 5-way intersection in downtown Gangneung. I don’t know what’s on top of that very large pole. Lights? Speakers? Death rays?

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This is a concrete wall in my neighbourhood. A patch of concrete fell out and a seed fell in and grew into a tree. Daoism in action. This is the sort of photo that I like most. Graphically simple but tells a story.

 

Avenue in Gangneung

Gyodong Square Avenue, 2015
Gyodong Square Avenue, 2015

I’m not sure where Gyodong Square is but this avenue is named after it. This part of Gangneung is a new development and was built with wide avenues, large apartment complexes, and, on the smaller roads, absolutely no sidewalks or parking. I made this photograph from a pedestrian overpass. I used my Olympus Mju and probably Agfa Vista 400 film. Cheap and fast is what goes into that point and shoot camera.

Near and Far

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Korea and the city of Gangneung is making new street signs in Korean, Roman letters, Chinese, and Japanese.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Korea and the city of Gangneung is making new street signs in Korean, Roman letters, Chinese, and Japanese.
No Parking
No Parking
Painted arrow and arrow from shadows
Painted arrow and arrow from shadows
View from a pedestrian overpass. This is what most new parts of Korean cities look like.
View from a pedestrian overpass. This is what most new parts of Korean cities look like.
An older part of Gangneung and the view from my deck. It's not such a pretty sight but, unlike most people, at least I have a view that isn't blocked by huge apartment buildings.
An older part of Gangneung and the view from my deck. It’s not such a pretty sight but, unlike most people, at least I have a view that isn’t blocked by huge apartment buildings.

180 Degree Turn

I’m skint at the moment so the film cameras are put away and the FujiFilm X-Pro 1 is getting its shutter exercised. I’m still working on the same projects and, depending on how poor I remain or how irritating I feel it is to send film away for development, they may turn into completely digital projects. The photos look very very clean (un-artsy?) on computer but the prints look nicer. Here are three photos from several days ago.

Wood and Brick. XF35mmF1.4R lens.
Wood and Brick. XF35mmF1.4R lens.
Motorcycle parked at the bottom of a staircase. I am still not sure if I like this one or not. My wife likes it a lot so some of you may also like it. XF18mmF2R lens.
Motorcycle parked at the bottom of a staircase. I am still not sure if I like this one or not. My wife likes it a lot so some of you may also like it. XF18mmF2R lens.
Broom in Alley. I have the same photo on film. XF35mmF1.4R
Broom in Alley. I have the same photo on film. XF35mmF1.4R

Some of you are thinking, “Crapp-o”. So here are a couple of cat pictures. Everyone loves cat pictures.

Cat taking a nap.
Cat taking a nap.
Cat discovers the turntable.
Cat discovers the turntable.