When I went to South Korea I brought my camera, but I wasn’t snapping away as I usually do. I tried to focus more on living in the moment, and enjoy the experience. As a photographer, I find it challenging to shut off my “shoot for the brand/blog/instagram/facebook-etc” and fall back into just shooting for myself.
When your job is your passion, it’s certainly a blessing, but it does sometimes lead to creative burn-out.
So when I was exploring this new culture and country, I wasn’t styling or posing. I was observing and preserving. It was very refreshing. I feel like this experience breathed new life into my work!
I came away with some of my favorite photojournalistic images. Safe to say, I’m smitten with the outcome!
We started off exploring the Gyeongbokgung Palace. It was very surreal to step off the subway, cross a busy intersection and walk through huge doors that were designed to protect against invaders. The sprawling palace had many different buildings and sections. It was overwhelmingly large! I loved being able to see the beautiful mountain range outlined behind the palace architecture.
We happened to be exploring Seoul during the celebration of Buddha’s Birthday, many were dressed in traditional Korean garments and the city was preparing for the Lotus Lantern Festival.
(^ I love the dichotomy in this photo!)
There were these Turkish ice cream stands on almost every street. They would scoop the ice cream and then play a sort of shell game with the children, popping the ice cream out of the cone, pretending to drop the ice cream cone. We loved watching the kid’s reactions!
Once the sun had set, we made our way over to the Lotus Lantern festival. There were huge paper lanterns of all shapes and sizes lining the river. The level of detail was stunning!! I’ve never witnessed anything like it before!
Be sure to check back on Friday where I will share photos of our Traditional Korean Tea House experience and what we thought of the Cat Cafe!