A haven for fresh fish, meat of any other kind, fruits and vegetables, this place is usually hustling and bustling with people day in and day out. Two nights ago around 9:30, however, the place was nearly empty, save for the few people who hadn’t yet closed up shop and a stray cat or three. In my experience, only in Korea can a vendor area like this be left open all night long with nothing but tarps covering goods that will be sold the following day. There seems to be no risk of theft or vandalism in this country. While walking along the empty aisles I came across this woman, who looks to me as though she’s had a long day and is sitting down for a breather. In this line of work, I imagine I would too.Although there are numerous alleyways to enter and exit the market, up at the front entrance this lady remained steadfast at her post. She was one of the few people still open for business at this hour, probably because of the prime location of her stand.Here is a photo of the busy street just outside of the main entrance to the market. As you can see, this is not a quiet, small-town location. For belongings and goods to remain safe throughout the night in a location like this is beyond my American reasoning. As a last thought, it seems to me, no matter where I go in South Korea, I can always look up and find a red cross, just like the one in the above picture.
This series has been very refreshing for me. As a mother and wife, it is difficult for me to venture to the places that, photographically, create iconic images. What do I mean by iconic images? Take a look at the work of John Steele, who lives in Seoul. If I had the time and resources, perhaps I too could take photos like his; I live only an hour and a half away. Alas, photographing landscapes and cityscapes as John does is beyond my reach.
By aspiring to photograph the iconic without the talent, time or resources to do so, I’ve allowed myself to stagnate. Within Walking Distance challenges me to find inspiration close by. Do you find yourself in the same situation? Pick up your camera and walk out the front door!
The photos below were taken last night from a pedestrian bridge just down the road. The streets may not be of Seoul, but they are nonetheless beautiful to me!
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9
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.