ROBYN

GYPSY HIDEOUT IS ONE OF SEVERAL LOCAL PLACES I GET MY MORNING COFFEE. THERE’S A FEW GOOD SPOTS DOWN IN WESTGARTH, SO YOU HAVE TO WORK THE CIRCUIT (SHAKE THE HANDS, KISS THE BABIES AND MAKE SURE THERE’S NO HARD FEELINGS). ASIDE FROM THE COFFEE BEING TASTY AND DELICIOUS, ONE THING I DIG ABOUT GYPSY IS GETTING TO CHECK OUT THE FUNKY GET UP MY MAN ROBYN IS SPOTTING. WHEN SOMEONE CAN LOOK EQUALLY AS COMFORTABLE AS THEY DO COOL, THEY’LL ALWAYS HAVE MY UTMOST RESPECT. 

Oct 15th, 2014 / 9 notes

BETTY

ENOUGH KOREA PHOTOS. TIME TO GET MY FOCUS BACK ON MELBOURNE. BETTY LOOKS PRETTY LAID BACK IN THIS SHOT CONSIDERING SHE WAS SECONDS AWAY FROM MISSING HER BUS. 

Oct 13th, 2014 / 26 notes

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JUST NEXT TO DONGMYO SUBWAY STATION WAS THIS AWESOME JUNK MARKET THAT I FREQUENTED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SHOTS WAS OF THIS BASHFUL VENDOR, WHOSE RELUCTANCE TO LOOK AT THE CAMERA WAS VERY ENDEARING. 

Oct 11th, 2014 / 3 notes

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AFTER I GOT HER MUM’S PERMISSION FOR A PHOTO, WITHOUT SKIPPING A BEAT THIS KID KNEW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO NEXT.

Oct 7th, 2014 / 51 notes

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IN MOST SITUATIONS, STREET SIGNS AND BILLBOARDS ARE A PAIN IN THE ASS. ONLY AFTER YOU’VE TAKEN THE PHOTO YOU REALISE THERE’S SOME FUCKED UP 7-ELEVEN SIGN GROWING OUT OF YOUR SUBJECTS HEAD. ANYWAYS, IN THIS SHOT I FEEL IT’S THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE, WITH THE BIG KOREAN WRITING SCATTERED AROUND THE BACKGROUND PLAYING ALMOST AS IMPORTANT A ROLE AS THE SUBJECT HIMSELF (THIS WAS TAKEN IN A LANE WAY PACKED WITH LOCAL RESTAURANTS, THAT WOULD FILL UP EACH EVENING WITH SPIRIT-DRINKING BUSINESSMEN). 

Oct 7th, 2014 / 7 notes

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I TOOK THIS PHOTO AT THE EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY. THE WORD ‘WOMAN’ INSTEAD OF ‘WOMEN’ IS EMPLOYED DELIBERATELY IN THE UNIVERSITY’S TITLE TO PROMOTE THE IDEA OF RESPECT TOWARDS EACH INDIVIDUAL WOMAN IN THE COMMUNITY. NEVER HAD I BEFORE VISITED A PLACE WHERE THE MEN’S BATHROOMS WERE SO PERFECTLY CLEAN.  

Oct 6th, 2014 / 11 notes

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IN SOUTH KOREA, MILITARY CONSCRIPTION IS MANDATORY FOR MEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 21 AND 27. FOR LACK OF A BETTER DESCRIPTION, THAT SUCKS DICK. CAN YOU IMAGINE? YOU’RE ABOUT TO ENTER THE PRIME YEARS OF YOUR YOUNG ADULT LIFE, AND THE GOVERNMENT MAKES YOU DICK AROUND FOR 2 YEARS BECAUSE YOU’RE TECHNICALLY STILL AT WAR WITH A COUNTRY THAT SHOOTS A BUNCH OF D.I.Y. ROCKETS INTO THE OCEAN ONCE EVERY SO OFTEN. I’M SURE SOME GUYS MIGHT IN FACT RELISH THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY, LEARN NEW SKILLS AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS IN THE PROCESS. BUT STILL, FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF SOMEONE WHO HAS ABSOLUTELY NO MILITARY OBLIGATIONS TO ANYONE (THANK FUCK), I CONSIDER MYSELF INCREDIBLY LUCKY  (WHICH IS A SHAME BECAUSE THAT SORT OF FREEDOM OF CHOICE SHOULD BE A GIVEN IN LIFE). I GUESS THE ONE THING I WOULD BE OK WITH WOULD BE THE UNIFORM, AND GETTING TO WALK AROUND WITH A BRIEFCASE FULL OF COOL ASS DOCUMENTS LOOKING STERN AND SHIT. THAT’D BE FUN FOR ABOUT A WEEK. 

Oct 6th, 2014 / 13 notes

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THE AMOUNT OF PORTRAIT REJECTIONS I GOT FROM THE ELDERLY IN SEOUL WAS DEVASTATING. I DON’T WANT TO COME TO ANY BRASH CONCLUSIONS OR GENERALISE THE PSYCHE OF A NATION’S DEMOGRAPHIC, BUT IT REALLY FELT LIKE THERE WAS SOME KIND OF MANIFESTO ARTICLE THAT SAID ‘FOREIGN PHOTOGRAPHERS SHOULD GO FUCK THEMSELVES’, SUCH WAS THE CONSISTENCY OF THEIR RESPONSE. WHEN I FINALLY FOUND SOMEONE WHO AGREED TO HAVE THEIR PHOTO TAKEN, I WAS SO EXCITED/SURPRISED THAT I REMEMBER WHISPERING THE SWEETEST OF WORDS TO MY CAMERA NOT TO LET ME DOWN. 

Oct 5th, 2014 / 12 notes

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I LOVE THE CIGARETTE HANGING PERFECTLY OUT THE CORNER OF THIS DUDE’S MOUTH, WHILE HE CASUALLY NAVIGATES A MOTORBIKE THROUGH SEOUL RUSH HOUR. THE MODERN DAY LUCKY LUKE INDEED. 

Oct 5th, 2014 / 5 notes

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WHENEVER I TRAVEL OVERSEAS, I’M ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SOCCER PITCHES, OR PEOPLE JUST KICKING A BALL AROUND. I LOVE THAT SHIT. THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT THE GENERAL UNIFORM (WHICH CAN RANGE FROM BORDERLINE NUDITY TO FULL REPLICA OUTFITS) THAT LENDS ITSELF KINDLY TO THE SUBJECT BEING PORTRAYED IN A POSITIVE LIGHT. THIS KID COULD SUCK AT KICKING A BALL, BUT DAMN HE LOOKS COOL AND DIGNIFIED NONETHELESS. 

Oct 2nd, 2014 / 4 notes

GIRLS POSING

OK OK OK. WHILE I CONTINUE TO WORK ON MY PHOTOS FROM SRI LANKA, I THOUGHT I’D CHUCK UP A COUPLE MORE SHOTS FROM SOUTH KOREA. I’M GOING TO START ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR PHOTOS AROUND MELBOURNE AGAIN IN ABOUT A MONTH, BUT DURING THE INTERIM THESE WILL HAVE TO SUFFICE. HERE’S TWO FRIENDS I FOUND IN SEOUL WHO WERE VERY MUCH ON THE SAME WAVE LENGTH WITH THEIR POSING. 

Oct 1st, 2014 / 9 notes

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THIS COUPLE I SAW HANGING OUT AT GOLDEN PLAINS MADE ME YEARN TO BE YOUNGER. IT’S NOT LIKE I’M ‘OLD’ OLD, BUT I FEEL LIKE I’M ONLY A FEW YEARS SHY OF STILL BEING A PART-TIME HOSPITALITY WORKING DISAPPOINTMENT TO MY PARENTS. SHIIIIIIT.  

Sep 30th, 2014 / 34 notes