The Dark Heart Of Seoul is the culmination of two years worth of work around Seoul, South Korea. While in Seoul, one of my favorite things to do was to climb the many mountains that dot the city. It became my mission to hike every mountain in Seoul and I did.
On top of the mountains, so far away from the city, there was an eerie quiet followed by a hum. The eerie quiet from being so far away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the hum was the echo of all the noise below. From atop of those mountains, especially at night, it felt as if Seoul was alive. It reminded me of a living and breathing monster. I always expected the mountains to move up and down with each breath while I sat on top.
Once complete darkness would come, I would be able to get to work. While keeping my camera on a tripod I would do panoramic High Dynamic Range photographs. By exposing one photograph for the darkest part, lightest part, and the mid range part of a photograph you can combine them into what your eye sees. All of these photographs are examples of the HDR process.
One of my most memorable experiences of photographing the city actually has to do with hiking down the mountain after the photography was done. While walking down the mountain I brought up a documentary that I had seen about white tigers still living on the mountains in North Korea. I was immediately met with, "Why would you bring that up?!?!?!" and then I was told a Korean ghost story. The entire 1 hour hike down the mountain was full of paranoia. We both spent the next hour looking for ghosts and tigers until we reached the subway station.
Nightscapes: Into The Darkness
Nightscapes came about during the fall and winter after living in South Korea for two years. Ever since I bought my first tripod, I loved night photography; I still do to this day. While readjusting to America society, I began to venture out at night.
These photographs were made by placing my camera on a tripod and doing 30 second to several minute exposures. The photographs are lit with a hot shoe flash, that instead of putting on top of my camera I kept in my hand. By manually using the flash, I was able to expose only certain aspects of the scene. By moving quick, wearing all black, and not letting any of the light front the flash touch me I was able to stay invisible while moving in front of the camera.
All of the photographs were made in the Western New York and Buffalo, New York areas.
Rorschach: Water In The Sky
The fluidity of clouds has always amazed me. The clouds roll and move much like waves of the ocean, their formations only temporary. If you see a recognizable shape in them, it is only there for a fleeting moment. As a child I would look up at the clouds and look for recognizable shapes and point them out to my mother. To this day, as an adult, I still look up at the clouds and look for those same recognizable shapes. Two people will look at the same clouds and see two different things, if anything at all.
I invite you to look at the photographs and test your imagination. What pops out to you? Or in some of these photographs, what doesn't? Please do enjoy natures Inkblot Test.