As a student exploring into the field of industrial design, 3-dimensional spaces have always widened my vision. They never cease to challenge me to a new level of perspective. For that I reason, I chose to explore conceptual architectural and nature photography. From one photo-walk to another, I have been searching for reflections that are produced by symbiotic relationships between man-made constructions and natural environment within the capital city of Korea: Seoul.
My photographs were all taken between day and night, in different exposures and intensities of light. I have observed colors, whether on buildings or skies, that play a significant role in mood. For instance, warm colors look calm because of the comfort and heat provided by lights that break up the darkness. Cool colors feels formal because of the glazed, polished, and/or smooth look of the surface in daylight. Neutral colors feel pure, because, nonetheless the time of the day, it appears just as it is. Even our very own eyes capturing these essential elements are dependent on reflected light.
Not only reflections of symmetry, mirrors or light should be focused, but also of people, space, and time. People move through space and time because populations are constantly changing. Architecture and natural environment are shaping these people and their movement. Although such societal flows have already been highlighted similarly in the two works of influential photographers Andre Kertesz and Michael Wolf, I am heavily influenced by their works and philosophy. After three and a half short but eventful months of exploring conceptual photography, I now present you: "Reflections".
SUNG YUN BAE, photographer
GIACOMO OTERI, critic
PHOTO WORKSHOP, course
Seoul National University College of Fine Arts
Department of Design & Craft