a handful of photos

just a handful of photos from the last goodness knows when— mostly recent & one from quite a while back: the one of the flower man was taken in summer.
there is a variation of feeling here i think, something to illustrate Jeju’s diverse weather & landscape.
all of these photos have been shot using either the faithful or neutral setting on my Canon, then edited to make the colour of natural objects or the sky, to pop out at you, giving you uneasy dullness in contrast to colour evoking something like what can be seen if you look close enough. i’m really not very good yet at articulating my photographic purposes, but i know what i feel, but that isn’t very simple to articulate.

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  1. pseudonymous says:

    For me I like both the images and the titles add depth to them, makes me want to try that sometime. Me being new to photography, or at least taking it seriously, having always loved it, cant comment on the technicalities. I wonder about the greenhousr crops, its soil. I did Tae Kwon Do for 10 years know nothing much about Korea other than that so I like also seeing it in that sense. Adds images to the stories though I’m sure much has changed. Decay of morals makes me feel like our two countries have something in common. Or all countries?

    1. a little caption quite rightly adds some depth & opens a door into what i conceive of the image sometimes before, during or after the image has been captured.
      i too am an amateur to photography, but unlike you i had zero affection or even respect for it as an art form, which was an enormous error on my part/ my opinion changed when my wife bought a DSL camera & i took it for a test run. i got the images back & much to my surprise they were horrific; i realized it took skill & endeavored to learn & here i am.
      the greenhouses house hallabong, a sort of mandarin that i am told is native to Korea, the shape is like that of the mountain it takes its name from Hallasan. my wikipedia research tells me it originated in Japan & is called a Dekopon, though i wouldn’t say that to a Korean. some Koreans believe that the Japanese during their occupation took a great deal that is native to Korea over to Japan to claim as their own, this included pine, cherry blossom, idols hewn in caves & possibly hallabong, though i had the first three told me, the hallabong i am hazarding a guess.
      Korea is still unknown to many, it has spent decades developing after the war & Japanese occupation. some people still think, like Vietnam that Korea is just a war. but it far from the truth of course. Korea is a beautiful place & unique. the cuisine is remarkable & Korean people are diligent. they really, after all their hardship, deserve the prosperity & peace they now enjoy.
      i never learned Tae kwon do but i lived in the mountain region where they built the world’s largest school & park for the sport. the history goes back to Gogoryeo some 3-5 thousand years back, there are ancient drawings of the Pumsae movements. Korea is odd in that due to its destructive past, pretty much all of its antiquity was leveled due to how small the landmass is. what is more shocking is that it as Koreans who did it, North Koreans that is. so Korea is an ancient people taking baby steps into modernity with very little understanding of their antiquity.
      i stayed here for many reasons, but one is that it is simply unique & knowing about it means to know something that few know— i was always attracted to the esoteric.

      1. pseudonymous says:

        Thank you so much for the detail. I never knew any of that. Adds even more depth to the images and my memories. It’s really beautiful in it’s own way, I look forward to more.

  2. These are some great photos, the rotten fruit one really got me thinking yesterday, especially as its Chinese New Year now and fruit (especially imported Korean and Japanese apples and pears) are all retailing at inflated prices. To see expensive neatly wrapped fruit baskets full of big red apples in the market, and then these expensive big apples rot in the photo, reminded me of the teachings of temperance and impermanence in the Eight Discernments of Eminent Men Sutra (my own free and public domain translation):

    https://www.scribd.com/document/253399582/The-Eight-Discernments-of-Eminent-Men-Sutra

    Here’s the download link if you want the pdf: http://www.buddhistelibrary.org/en/displayimage.php?pid=2435

    Thanks for these insightful photos.

    1. i wasn’t making a point just about Koreans, living here i realize they don’t waste much, they waste, but sometimes there is such an abundance from a harvest that it cannot all be eaten, even when they give it away, which some places do— orange season for example, most restaurants & shops have a box full of oranges & customers can take as many as they like. wasting food is a habit, but i think it stems from the fact they can, when for such a long time, even the most basic things were a luxury. Koreans only really care about eating well, for the very reason that a great number of them can remember a time of difficulty.

      1. Just to be clear, I wasn’t making an assumption on waste, I was just commenting how the impermanence reminded me of the sutra, as shown by the contrast of the gift baskets i’ve seen and the natural decay and discarding of produce of equal prestige.

        As for the free oranges, that is so lucky. It’s in season here but oranges prices have doubled and tripled anyway because of Chinese New Year, even lower quality ones are being bought at high prices.

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