I came across a certain concept on Instagram called “calmversation” created by the digital influencer and educator, Missy Jena. The word itself really struck a chord with me, not only as it is the perfect word that sums up some of my experiences in Korea, but also photography wise, it is the feeling I strive for when editing my pictures. As described brilliantly by their guest blogger, a calmversation is:
“… an opportunity to connect with others in time and space, based on a visual experience. These visuals embody peace and tranquility and the imagery often plays with the viewers’ senses. Our interpretation of these pictures may differ but the end result is always the same; a quietly beautiful conversation about what’s in front of us.”
This exactly summed up the experience I had with Angie, Hannah, and Noah when we journeyed down to the south coastal county of Namhae. It’s a small town with a population of approximately 50,000 and lies peacefully along the coast located just a few hours from Busan. Namhae possesses stunning mystical beauty such as the Sangju beach, canola fields and Boriam temple where once you hike up, you are able to see the stunning view of mini islands drifting into the distance.
I have traveled a lot in Korea, and most of the time it is either by my larrysome or with people who don’t share the same passions or hobbies as I do. Maybe it was because of that reason I decided to travel to Namhae once again, but this time with companions who really get what I do and love. The fact that we can bond and take photos in such amazing location points has made this trip one of the best experiences in Korea. For example we can be at the beach and talk about the bleak future or we can be on top of a mountain discussing how much we despise our own blogs or having a conversation about the stupid things our students do over a warm cup of coffee in the canola fields.
It changed my perspective of travel. Perhaps this was the key missing ingredient and mindset I needed to enjoy and improve my work even more. Although I know there will be many times in the future where travelling alone will be necessary for the sake of a job, however it’s time to seek out companionship who strive for taking the best pictures of Korea whilst having a ‘calmversation’ with myself…
Whose up for it?