I am often asked why I choose to live in Korea. I’m Canadian, for those of you who didn’t know. I’ve lived in Korea for most of the last 8 years. And quite honestly, I am perfectly happy to never go back. At least not to live.
It is hard to describe why that is the case. When people do ask, I don’t really have much to say aside from the fact that I like it.
Perhaps, I love it.
It isn’t Seoul. It is the amalgamation of the entire place. Its the people and the culture. Its the vibe and atmosphere. I sat in a lot of coffee shops in Canada for extended periods of time like I do here. I can say this, I’ve never felt as happy at one as I do right now at this one.
Of course, it isn’t the case for everyone that comes here. I work with people who can’t wait to leave. I don’t get it. Don’t get them.
I suppose they don’t get me.
Maybe that is the point. It just suits me. I get bored of a lot of things easily, being here has never been one of them.
“Don’t you ever just want to go home? Start a real life?”
I don’t know what that means. This is my real life. The one I have choose to live. It may be the Neverland my father always said it was for me, but I’m not so sure that is a bad thing. Not growing up? I’ll take that.
As far as photography goes, I think I’ve only lately started to get a grasp of the type of photos I want to take here. I used to take photos of things I would want to remember when I returned to Canada. Now, that I don’t see myself returning to Canada, I take photos for different reasons.
My Korea, for lack of a less cliche way of expressing such a subjective idea. I think my photos have always been all over the place. Processing, style, tone. I hate that. Or at least, hate thinking about it.
I like the idea of a series of photos of a long period of time all having the same look and feel. Maybe I’m over analyzing, but I’m not sure I’ve always had that. It is something I’m still working on.
I want my photos here to look like they have all come from the same set or series. Probably the things I like most in life are photography and this country. I hope one day my photos will do the place justice.
Seoul, South Korea.
As a bit of a side note. Thanks to everyone for your comments, kind wishes, and emails. I always appreciate hearing from people and am still surprised that people read what I write here. Thanks. 고맙습니다.