A Feeling

Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea.

We were on the metro and she blew me a kiss. Like a boyfriend does, I took a picture.

“Why’d you take a picture?”

Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea.

“I dunno, it felt right..”

“Okay…”

Suwon, South Korea.
Suwon, South Korea.
Suwon, South Korea.
Suwon, South Korea.

It sometimes just feels right. To take a photo. Maybe a fear that I won’t always be able to remember walks in the rain.

Maybe I won’t always be getting kisses blown to me.

Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea.

Maybe we won’t always be like this. Maybe our lives won’t be.

Namdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea.
Namdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea.

Maybe I won’t be in this restaurant again or maybe I won’t remember the way the pan fried fish reminded me of home.

Namdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea.
Namdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea.
Namdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea.
Namdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea.
Namdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea.
Namdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea.

I probably won’t always remember the steam from the rice.

Sad, that.

Easy to take for granted.

Namdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea.
Namdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea.

I always did before. I still do, too often.

I too often didn’t take pictures when I should have.

Namdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea.
Namdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea.
Namdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea.
Namdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea.

If I wasn’t going to take the best photo of my life, why take any?

Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea.

I too often miss the point. I think I get it, but, I don’t.

Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul, South Kprea.
Seoul, South Korea.

Spend all my time looking for the best photo of my life.

Suwon, South Korea.
Suwon, South Korea.

No point.

The best photos are the photos OF my life.

Yongin, South Korea.
Yongin, South Korea.

In the end, they will be the ones I am most happy to have taken.

I’m glad she asked me why I took that first picture.

She doesn’t ask anymore.

November, 2014.

Seoul, South Korea.

October 16th, 2014.

Seoul, Korea.
Seoul, Korea.

As much as I hate talking about cameras, if I could only have one, it would be this one. I don’t feel that excited about taking photos anymore. In fact, I rarely even do. Just a lull, I suppose. Even in saying that, every time I pick up this camera I wanna do nothing else but take photos. People often misunderstand me that I hate cameras. I don’t hate cameras, in fact, I love this one. I rant about gear because I don’t think people need to have every camera they see. Cameras don’t matter, in that you don’t need the newest and best to take a good photo. People’s cameras are more often than not better than they are no matter what they use.

I really do love this camera, because it makes me want to take photos. Through all of the cameras I have owned, it is the only one that has remained. Broken LCD and hardly any paint left it still keeps on taking photos. It still makes me want to take photos.

Seoul, South Korea.

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The Benefits Shooting Both Film and Digital in Street Photography

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Digital. C/ Jt White

An article I did for my buddy Eric, on his website. The original article can be found here:

http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2014/06/02/the-benefits-shooting-both-film-and-digital-in-street-photography/

This guest blog post is by JT White, a street photographer based in Seoul, Korea.

JT: I get asked a lot about film versus digital.

I use both film and digital cameras. Which, depend really depends on a lot of things. It can depend on my mood or on the lens I want to use. I don’t think I really have much of an aesthetic style as opposed to a way of shooting. I decide what camera to use depending on what I have and what my subject is going to be.

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A Question of Style

Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea.

A question of style.

Sitting around with a group of non-photography friends the other day one of them all of a sudden asked me why I posted a “‘normal” colour photo of them on Facebook. I thought it was a weird fucking question, considering the photo was just taken while they were just standing in a stairwell after playing a local gig. I took a photo with a small camera I had and one with my phone. I posted the one with my phone as I thought it would be something they would like more considering it was more “normal” as he said.

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Workshop: Seoul (W/ Eric Kim)

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Happy to announce I’ll be teaching another workshop in Seoul with good friend Eric Kim in July! It will be our third workshop together and we’ve been friends for years.

The WORKSHOPS section of my website has been updated to include all the information you need about myself and Eric as well as a way to sign up.

If you have any questions, you can email me at jtinseoul@gmail.com or just click the link to workshops above.

Image c/ Eric Kim.