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Photo Clubs around Korea

One of best things about photography is the community that can be built from hanging out with people with a similar passion. The benefit of this is that you can learn from each other but as well as just be more in the moment. These clubs exist online and off-line as well and this can be a good thing. For myself I like shoot with people but I feel that I am more effective on my own. However, the online discussions can really give you some tips about what to improve or where to shoot.

Over the past few years, I have met so many great people from different clubs around Korea. If you are new or are starting out, I would highly recommend getting involved in these groups and getting out with some people. The connections and networks you can make are really valuable and could lead to some great exposure. Below are a list of the groups that I recommend. In this day and age, most of them exist on facebook, so you may already be a part of them.


Busan Harbour Bridge

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A while ago I went out to see the new Busan Harbour Bridge that is in the final stages of completion. It was a walking event that was supposed to finish at 5 pm but on the day that I arrived they decided to closed early. Not a smart move for what could be a once in a lifetime event for some. At anyrate, I stayed around the gate to see if a riot would break out as there were many angry people arguing to get on the bridge. The security guards were not pleased at all.


CNN Travel Love

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Recently, CNN published an article written by the legendary Peter DeMarco. The article was delayed a bit due to the ferry accident however, it went live last week and it was a nice surprise. I have to really thank Peter for writing such a great article and getting us even more exposure for our work.


Beomosa Temple

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As you probably know, I now work at Busan University of Foreign Studies which sits right next to Beomosa Temple. I visited there a few weeks ago when the cherry blossoms were blooming. I returned there last night to check on the lanterns for Buddha’s birthday and was really impressed.

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Bongwonsa Temple

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While up in Seoul, we had the great idea to hike up Mt. Ansan at 5 am or so. This meant getting up at about 4 am and catching a taxi to the mountain to meet up with Simon Bond and the legendary Robert Koehler. Robert knows pretty much everything there is to know about Korea and especially Seoul. He was kind enough to take us up to the top despite the early rise and the lack lustre sunrise that morning.


The Dondaemun Design Plaza

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When it first opened I wondered what exactly it was. This spaceship-like building has landed right next to one of Seoul’s historic gates adding an interesting touch to the area. It should fit with the surrounding fashion stores and cafes but it somehow doesn’t. That being said, it is one of the coolest buildings that I have ever seen.

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The 2014 Seoul P&I Show

In order to fit all the photos on the exhibit space, they had to drop the size down. I am still happy with the print

In order to fit all the photos on the exhibit space, they had to drop the size down. I am still happy with the print


Bujeon Market

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This weekend, after visiting my Father-in-law in the hospital, we decided to take a look around Bujeon Market before jumping on the train home. This is a busy market full of fresh seafood and vegetables. While Jagalchi gets all the tourists, this market certainly should not be overlooked for those wanting to see a more traditional style market. Here at Bujeon Market, you won’t find your normal packaged/processed food items. What you will find are fresh fish from the region including the smelly “hongeo” or spoiled skate.


Bomun Lake

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One of the best places to see cherry blossoms in the area is the Bomun Lake area in Gyeongju, South Korea. However, it is also the busiest and most crowded outside of the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival. At any rate, I thought that if I went out while the festival was on, it would take the pressure off of Bomun. I was wrong.


Gaya Land

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When someone asks you “Hey do you want to wake up at 5 am on a Saturday and drive an hour to a place you’ve never been to take photos…” you might have to think about it. When the sentence is finished with “… of an abandoned amusement park?” You immediately say “YES” That is how my weekend started.

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