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Isolation, among past and presentness

Seoul

South Korea.

A scenery of the cafe that I took in the Starbucks made me to publish my first photo book in 2019. At that time, I didn’t expect that photographs made from the cafe would become one of my photographic series. It just attracted me so I spent a lot of time there. I felt the urge to make a story from the question about “If there weren’t cafe, where could have people gone to?” and then I realized why I am attracted to them.

Most of things have got changed by the urbanization. Cafe is one of those. In the early 1990s South Korea, most of people didn’t enjoy the cafe culture in the same way as current people do. In the past, we tended to spend time at home with the front door opened. We more tended to visit our neighbor’s or friend’s home without any reason. As time goes by, people kept the front door closed. In more correct, they didn’t need to keep the front door opened and they didn’t need to visit their home anymore. They just went to the cafe instead.

South Korea – December 2019, A wrinkled napkin.

A lot of cafes have increased at a tremendous rate in South Korea. They have become an alternative to places such as a home, a library, a park, an office and etc. When they didn’t have a specific place where they would go, they went to the cafe with no any reason. In the place, they were alone and they weren’t alone at the same time. I saw the people isolated whether they are alone or not, including me. Since then I started to explore how I can escape from the Isolation.

We are living in the middle of the pandemic now. It made ‘Isolation’ represents the scenery of the past even though I captured it with presentness at that time.

It is so ironic.

South Korea – January 2019, A sleeping girl on the green sofa.
South Korea – June 2019, A man calling with his phone.
South Korea – June 2019, Someone’s daughter and mother.
South Korea – September 2019, A coffee and two straws.
South Korea – December 2018, A couple faced.
South Korea – September 2018, A tattoo written “forget me not”.
South Korea – June 2019, A monk looking at a map.
South Korea – July 2019, Twisted lines.
South Korea – July 2019, A woman sleeping in her earphones.
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Sunik Kim

He is a Korean photographer who is based in Seoul. He began taking photographs in his late twenties in fashion photography studio. He attempts to translate a trivial detail he faces on a day to day basis into his own photographic language and it represents the nuance of the space. He keeps focusing on the interaction of the city and human while empowering it with lightest ingredients in the space.

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