About a week into 2017 and things are slightly better than they were at the end of 2016. As you might figured from my last post I wasn’t entirely happy with 2016. In fact, it fucking sucked.
I started out 2017 in Busan. Kinda felt like traveling to start the year. Busan is a city on the south side of Korea. It is a costal city. I usually go there when I want to smell the ocean.
Something about the smell of the ocean relaxes me. Of course there are closer oceans. Closer ports. Something I like about this one.
It isn’t the fish or the women selling them. I used to like that. Not so much anymore. I don’t even take many photos there anymore.
My photography has always been plagued by GAS. One thing this has made me realize over and over again is that changing cameras and lenses really fucks with my consistency.
In 2016, I tried several times to settle down with a camera. I even went so far as to try to commit to one for a year. That lasted about two weeks until humidity killed it. Guess it wasn’t meant to be.
For the record, all the photos in this post were taken with the Ricoh GRD from 2006. I can’t tell you how many emails I get from people asking about this camera. They ALWAYS think it is the GR from 2013 even though I always say it is the one from 2006. I’ve had like 5 of them. Every time one breaks I get another. It is the one single camera that I just keep buying no matter what else I’m using. The problem is, Ricoh cameras in general are just so unreliable.
No matter how nicely I treat them they always die. They never really last more than 6 or 8 months. Even the newest ones. It is kind of sad really.
After Busan I met up with a friend in Gwangju. This Ricoh actually stopped reading the memory card the night before. Seemed to be fine the next day though. Weird, ha.
Gwangju was mostly a night of drinking. I didn’t take the camera out much.
From Gwangju, I went to Seoul. The Fujifilm camera I had also been using got a bunch of shit on the sensor somehow so I decided it would be a good excuse to go.
I went alone. Felt right to make my first trip to Seoul in 2017 alone. I didn’t have anything to do aside from take the camera to Fuji.
I spent most of the trip like this guy.
Upon arriving in Seoul I went straight to the service place to get the sensor cleaned. It took about an hour so I walked around. I only took a couple photos.
There it was,
my first week of the year.