Cherry Blossoms and a Girl

Gyeongju, South Korea. Leica M4, Canon 35mm 1.8 LTM.

I noticed her. The park was full of tourists. The cherry blossom season in Gyeongju is a big event in Korea. The small lake had a winding path circling it. Strangely, no one walked up to the lake.

She did, though. Wearing a hanbok (traditional Korean dress) like out of a dynasty far removed she walked up to the edge of the lake. Simply taking a break from walking perhaps. I don’t know. To me, she almost looked a ghost of a time long past. Remembering the time playing in the blossoms as if they were snow with her friends.

A different time.

I followed her, and she stopped several times. Always looking as though remembering. Always seeing something I wasn’t.

A different time.

Gyeongju, South Korea. April 2017.


  1. It would be a great image without your text, but you have made it come further alive with your words.
    I particularly like the idea that this was one of many stops in her meditative walk along this lake. “Always seeing something I wasn’t.”: so perfectly put.

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