In November 2015, I took part in a trip to South Korea as part of my university course in an effort to learn about the importance of global perspective.

Over a two week period I was able to visit and engage with the people and their culture, helping me to begin to understand how they approach design based on how they acted during everyday activities.

These photographs were taken in 3 key locations of South Korea; their capital city, Seoul; the high-tension standoff between North and South at the DMZ, as well as the tranquil countryside city of Busan.

Seoul was the most westernised of these 3 locations, with pockets of oversea influence summoning masses of people; but Seoul also kept it's unique culture embeded in the framework and throughout the city, with areas lending themselves to the multi-story and widespread markets, towering skyscrapers, and the ubiquitous corner shops.

The air around the DMZ felt eerily quiet, with whole landscapes left barren of any civilisation apart from large and often abandoned wartime structures. The borderline created tension so strong, you could cut through it; the soldiers on either side stood solid with no expression or movement, and the rooms in which diplomatic reasoning was handled created a juxtapose of it's empty state compared to what it would look like under such a rare and tense meeting.

Busan was untouched during the Korean Civil War, and still contains structures and relics of a time that has been frozen within this city. It was here that we were able to converse and explore with korean design students to grasp how they approached their work, as well as getting to understand how they socialise with others.

Camera Info
Nikon FM2
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Lens