Silla

A time-traveling-trek took place this past weekend for myself and two friends.  Fresh off of payday and ready to spend our hard earned won (within reason), we planned a day trip from Daegu to Gyeongju to see remnants of the Silla Dynasty. Known as the smallest of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, Silla lacked in…

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…

Tao Expeditions: The Beauty of Island Kids

Between El Nido and Coron: Tao Expeditions 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…

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. …

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…

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…

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. …

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,…

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…