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These Beautiful Photographs of Korea Will Make You Gasp

An Honest Photo Collection of Korea The following are, in my opinion, some of the most beautiful photographs of Korea captured in the last five years.  Scott Rotzoll, a former expat, spent a few years in South Korea honing his technique and composition.  He left us with his under-appreciated yet stunning vision of South Korea.  His collection portrays South Korea perfectly in its modest beauty and neutral tones.  Please click … Continue reading These Beautiful Photographs of Korea Will Make You Gasp

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Tao Expeditions: The Beauty of Island Kids

Between El Nido and Coron: Tao Expeditions Chapter 7: Saved by Island Kids I planned an epic six day sailing trip off the northern coast of Palawan, a tropical paradise in the Philippines.  This trip was the first time in four years I (a Floridian) took a reprieve from the harsh Korean winter.  Unfortunately, I had no idea I was leaving the frozen concrete tundra of Seoul for … Continue reading Tao Expeditions: The Beauty of Island Kids

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Korea Burn 2014: Burning Man Culture Takes Root in South Korea

Special thanks to Michael O’Dwyer for his photography contributions.  Please click here to view the rest of his photos from Korea Burn. For previous accounts of Korea Burn, please click the below links. An Account of Korea Burn 2012 An Account of Korea Burn 2013   Korea Burn 2014 Korea Burn 2014 was a success.  Forget the controversy of eighty dollars.  Everyone who attended the … Continue reading Korea Burn 2014: Burning Man Culture Takes Root in South Korea

Bamboo Forests, Green Tea Fields, and Island Exploration in Korea: Yeongsang River Biking Ventures

By CHASE A. CHISHOLM with JOIN CHASE Travel Journal Get more adventurous with your cycling trips in South Korea. Don’t be afraid to leave your bike for side excursions, or take it along for the ride. Being able to easily travel to a trail’s starting point, especially if you only have a day or two to complete a ride, is one of the many perks of biking around … Continue reading Bamboo Forests, Green Tea Fields, and Island Exploration in Korea: Yeongsang River Biking Ventures

Korea in Full Spectrum: The Shadows of the Sewol Tragedy

By: Brent Sheffield Beautiful HDR Photography provided by Levi Basist of LeviBasist.com   ______   Life might be best described as an algorithm of chaos. We try hard to love and attribute meaning to events in our lives, but, without reason, the physical reality we live in mercilessly tears away the people we love and the meaning in life we work so hard to obtain.  … Continue reading Korea in Full Spectrum: The Shadows of the Sewol Tragedy

Fight Club and Cherry Blossoms

By Simon slater of The Secret Map “Nothing is static. Everything is evolving. Everything is falling apart.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club. Nothing is static, as fictitious character Tyler Durden says in the novel Fight Club. Certainly not in Seoul, a city whose internal cogs move so fast it wouldn’t know how to slow down, continuously and rapidly evolving. So too for the country’s seasons, which are indeed … Continue reading Fight Club and Cherry Blossoms

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The Cheonggyecheon: The Underground River of Seoul’s Future and Past

  Seoul: Repetitive Concrete or Emerging Visual Wonder? There tends to be confusion when people write or think about Seoul.  Is Seoul one of the new great and must-see cities of Asia; or is it a city plagued by pollution, overpopulation, traffic and stale, archaic architecture?  After perusing the Internet, an individual could draw different conclusions.  According to a poll conducted by Lonely Planet (A well … Continue reading The Cheonggyecheon: The Underground River of Seoul’s Future and Past

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Dear CNN, This is the Real Jeju Island

Not long ago, CNN wrote an article on Jeju Island which left me slightly iffed and disappointed.  Not only does it show a lack of knowledge of Jeju’s deeper culture by comparing it to places like Hawaii, but it seems as though the lack-lustre article was put together after extensive hours of research via Google.  I’m not sure about you, but travel is more than just staying in luxury hotels … Continue reading Dear CNN, This is the Real Jeju Island

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Nightclub Light Trails in Seoul w/ Silk/Juice

Some people have recently asked me to write a brief post about light trails.  I don’t shoot a lot of club photography, but I’ll be happy to share what I have learned with you. I’ve been fortunate to be have Silk/Juice allow me to take pictures of their parties.  If you don’t know Silk/Juice, check their facebook page.  They are known for throwing the best … Continue reading Nightclub Light Trails in Seoul w/ Silk/Juice

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Colors of Korea: The Beauty and Balance of Blue

Even the most naive individuals understand there is a philosophy of dual forces in the eastern world. For westerners, the most recognizable symbol of this philosophy is the yin-yang or tai chi symbol. The simplicity of the black and white shape demonstrates a harmonic balance between the forces of yin and yang. Superficially, the forces may appear contrary to one another, but they are interconnected … Continue reading Colors of Korea: The Beauty and Balance of Blue