February 19th, 2015.

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It was a nice day, in Hongdae,

with her.

It’s always a nice day. We talk, walk, eat.

“You take too many photos of that girl.”

Maybe I do. Maybe I don’t care. I spent this day with my camera around my neck. I only took this photo.

It was my favourite moment of the day.

I’m not sure why, entirely, aside from I liked the look she gave me.

I wanted to remember.

That’s why I do this, take photos.

To remember.

February 19th, 2015.

Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea.

January 24th, 2015.

Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea.

It’s been a while since I’ve been here. Too busy to take photos, so, certainly too busy to post photos.

Last night, I couldn’t sleep. I decided to clean, ha, thinking it would make me tired enough. I stumbled across a couple of rolls of film from four or five years ago that I had thought I’d lost.

Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea.

My curiosity peaked I decided to scan them again. Weird thing, seeing photos I hadn’t seen in years. Considering I haven’t been taking many photos lately or even thinking about photos, it was didn’t help my sleep deprivation.

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

Looking at these photos really reminded me of the fun I used to have doing this. Its been a while since I went out to take photos. Honestly, I even kind of try not to do so. Try not to take “street photos.”

I always say they won’t mean anything to me later, so why do it.

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

Looking at some old photos kinda showed me the error of my ways. While its true, I don’t think taking photos for the sake of doing so is meaningful, I have kind of realized that even my photos of strangers are somehow just a big self portrait.

Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea.

They are like the story of my life. Looking at them is sort of like taking the same walk.

Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea.

For those who care, they were all taken with the GR21, t-max 400 pushed 2 stops. 

When I woke up this morning (after not sleeping as much as I would have liked), I didn’t really think about these photos much anymore.

I thought the novelty had worn off.

Suwon, South Korea.
Suwon, South Korea.

Sorta strange thing happened then while taking the bus. I took a photo out the bus window with my phone. I took it because I remembered the photos from the night before. I thought about how I would want to remember this part of my time in Korea.

Suwon, South Korea.
Suwon, South Korea.

I took another then.

Suwon, South Korea.
Suwon, South Korea.

And another.

I was going to take more, but as usual, the night ended up like this:

Suwon, South Korea.
Suwon, South Korea. Photo of me courtesy of @dkfma_422 on instagram ;)

So, excuse my incoherence. May have had an ale or ten.

Tomorrow though, I will go take some photos.

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On a bit of a side note, even if I don’t post here I post every day stuff on instagram pretty often:

http://instagram.com/jt_inseoul

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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