Category Archives: photo essay

an eccentric preoccupation with what is not beautiful


I’d prefer to be fascinated and surprised, rather than lulled and tranquilized.

And, very often, pretty things are not real, you know.      Continue reading


seoul: desolate



1. barren or laid waste; devastated: a treeless, desolate landscape.   2. deprived or destitute of inhabitants; deserted; uninhabited.    3. solitary; lonely: a desolate place.   4. having the feeling of being abandoned by friends or by hope; forlorn.   5. dreary; dismal; gloomy: desolate prospects.

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urban environments



In a city, what some camera buffs refer to as ‘golden hour’ shots often mean also that time of day when you have a mixture of natural light and  electric lights, that time of day when the sun is departing and the neon and fluorescent lights are switching on, along with shadows falling in ways they likely would not at other times. That’s what was intriguing me when I took the shot above.

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at home, in a dark city


walk, bw

At night, it’s a different world. That’s what the song says, anyway. And it’s true.

It’s nothing to be afraid of, though. The darkness protects us just as much as it conceals the lurking fiend. Sometimes we can see what is there more clearly because we are not distracted by what is there to be seen. What the darkness has to tell us is that what we see is not all there is. That should be obvious, but in the harsh light of day we do so often lull ourselves into thinking we see everything and understand all of what we see.

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