Tag Archives: black and white photography

In a Small Korean Neighborhood

My favorite photos from a walk through a neighborhood this week. A farmer burning the dried brush that has built up in his greenhouse. No doubt he is prepping for the upcoming growing season. And, yet again, my heart weeps for these chained and caged dogs.

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Within Walking Distance

Taking this photo was no easy task. First of all, it was SO cold out. Second, if you’ve ever walked the streets of a Korean neighborhood you’ll know that the chained dogs are a fixture of nearly every home. Standing here in the middle of the night to capture this image meant waking every dog within earshot. I watched my breath in the frozen air and listened to the different barks hoping no one would come out of their home to see what was going on. #longest30secondexposureever (but worth it!)CJT_9260c

Hyeonchungsa Shrine: Winter

I went on a photo walk this week at the Hyeonchungsa Shrine in Asan with a fellow photographer friend. I’ve been to this location many times, usually for family photo shoots. Every season changes the landscape completely, which makes returning here time and time again so much fun!

Girl’s Day!

This past Saturday my daughter presented me with a checklist of things she wanted to do with her twin sister and me; she wanted a girl’s day! CJT_3855Instantly my heart melted, and so I dropped what I was doing and promptly turned my attention to her checklist.

Time goes by so fast. One day my children will be grown and gone and it’ll just be me and my husband left in our home. Until that day happens, I try to make the most of the time I have with my children.

First on the list was bath time. I don’t usually hang out with my girls during their bath time. This is their time together. CJT_3485cSometimes their imaginations transform the bath tub into an ocean where mermaids frolic. Other times I can hear them brewing up skin-softening concoctions from shampoo and bubble bath. This time I brought them hot chocolate in their personal mugs and they sipped sweetness while I combed Wen through their hair.CJT_3517cCJT_3480cNext on the list was hair, makeup and nails. I tried to take photos of my girls posing with their nails painted up but Roxy photo bombed us. CJT_3547cCJT_3553cAll dolled up and donning our handmade aprons that Grandma made for us, we set about making chocolate chip cookies.CJT_3599c CJT_3610c CJT_3647c CJT_3679cWe needed something to pass the time while the cookies baked so turned on iTunes. That’s when the girls turned my kitchen into a dance floor. This happens often. CJT_3811cCJT_3815-2cThese girls can really get down. When I dance with them it’s all the exercise I need for the day!

CJT_3767cI was so happy to have spent a whole day with my girls. I could have busied myself with this or that, but these family times are what make memories for a lifetime. I thank God for the all the blessings in my life. To Him be the glory!

CJT_3835cNext up, a day with my boy!

Within Walking Distance

I came across this sweet girl back in October on a walk through a nearby neighborhood. She wasn’t chained, thank goodness, but she’s definitely had many litters of puppies. She was gentle and kind, and had free roam of her neighborhood streets. I left wishing I could see her mothering at work, as I knew she had to be a great one.

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Within Walking Distance is a series which will highlight what I come across as I venture out into God’s creation. The series challenges me to find inspiration close by, as travel is not always possible. More importantly, through my photography I will become a  witness to His splendor as well as to what we’ve done with it. These photos will represent the environment that God has placed me in – reality rather than grandeur – but instead of illustrating the mundane, I intend to make plain the Creator.

Within Walking Distance

A life alone on a chain is a sad life indeed.CJT_2534c


 

Within Walking Distance is a series which will highlight what I come across as I venture out into God’s creation. The series challenges me to find inspiration close by, as travel is not always possible. More importantly, through my photography I will become a  witness to His splendor as well as to what we’ve done with it. These photos will represent the environment that God has placed me in – reality rather than grandeur – but instead of illustrating the mundane, I intend to make plain the Creator.

Gakwonsa Temple – Cheonan, South Korea

Last week I accompanied our local photo club on a photo walk to Gakwonsa Temple in Cheonan. As a Christian, visits to temples do nothing for me spiritually. That said, I do enjoy the beauty and detail of these ancient buildings (Gakwonsa is not an old temple, however) and the wonder of God’s landscape that surrounds them. Here is a peek into South Korea’s second largest Buddhist temple.