Abandoned Pool

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Brrr…sorry for the inconsistency of posts.  I just recovered from a terrible flu and it kind of made me temporarily immobile.

Anyhoo, I’ve wanted to come to this abandoned swimming pool for years, but somehow never got round to it and the fact that it is located right in the middle of nowhere in Seoul University Campus, didn’t help motivate me either.  However when a fellow Instagram buddy (@raonkk) also wanted to check that place out I decided to tail along…or really just let him do all the hard work finding it hehe…shhhh! ^^

Although it looked like a set from a low budget horror movie it is popular among budding fashion photographers and film makers.  Some people even like to shoot their engagement photos here…though really clueless as to what  the romantic charm is about here apart from the ‘pervert’ sign which is spray painted across one of the walls.  The place for me was quite cool, but the whole time I was anxious about that baby doll on the floor coming alive with a knife and murder everybody on the scene.  Chucky…you have ruined me.

Instameet/Photowalk event!

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Due to the success of the last instameet/photowalk I’m happy to announce I will be hosting again for next week’s 11th World Wide Instameet on Saturday 21st March 2015 at 2pm.  So if you, like I do love instagram or just want to enjoy taking pictures, you are more than welcome to join.

This time we will be taking on one of Seoul’s World Heritage sites: Changdeok Palace and Changgyeong Palace, which happens to be right next to each other.

In order to participate please click “JOIN” on the following facebook link HERE

All information about the meeting point, directions, entrance fees etc etc are on that event page so make sure to check it out!

Oh and don’t forget to follow on Instagram for daily updates!

Hope to see some of you there for an afternoon of fun and creativity!

Wolchulsan

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The other day a group of us decided to tackle Wolchulsan in Yeongam in the early hours of the morning. Thanks to its mountainous landscapes, hiking is one of the most popular national sports in Korea hence its trails are highly populated by brightly multi-colored ahjummas and ahjussis.

The results although satisfying, was quite shameful.  We having not been exercising frequently in our daily lives were short on breath quickly as the older generation of climbers whisked by with total ease.  Despite the brief agony it was so refreshing to get away from the city and to breathe in the untainted air one again.

I am constantly amazed by the power of middle aged people in Korea.  They seem to have considerably more strength and willpower than other people in the world don’t have.  I constantly compare them to my mother who usually plays the agony card to prevent herself from doing outdoor activities… while a teacher I worked with lifted a large table with her bare hands, WHILST she was pregnant.  Legend.

Sorry western mums, but you need to come here and see how it’s done.

White Space

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Yes I admit it…I have a bit of an addiction with ‘white’ photos…racist much?

Not that I particularly like white over any other colours of the spectrum…but simple, clean and minimalistic photos give me a sense of peace, quiet, and a bundle of energy. It’s like a packet of ready salted flavored crisps; so simple yet so deliciously sophisticated.

It’s also a bigger bonus when someone else shares that same taste with you so when the instagramer, Xiao (@hx1125) from Shanghai visited Korea we naturally looked for hot locations that could satisfy hour minimal needs. When she suggested the Mimesis Art Museum in Paju it seemed like the perfect choice, hence we decided to make an early trip the following day. However to our dismay upon our arrival there was a fat ‘CLOSED’ sign… On a Friday!

Apparently the whole venue was booked out for a special event, however Xiao didn’t give up without a fight so we decided to call up the museum. The manager kindly greeted us at the gates and after many calls and negotiations he miraculously let us inside the empty building!  It’s probably any photographers dream to shoot inside a popular museum when there is nobody there.

We really would like to thank the manager of Mimesis Art Museum again and again for his graciousness and for this rare opportunity!

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