'Tae Jung and Ha Ru' , 'Mother' , Photography/Portraits, 40 x 50cm, 2020


The traditional Korean “Baek-il” event is a centuries-old tradition considered a norm in many Korean households. This signifies a major milestone within the Korean culture of a child’s 100th day after birth because of the high infant mortality during the 18th Century until the Korean War in the 1950s. The photograph shows a double portraiture of my younger sister celebrating this milestone with her daughter dressed in the Hanbok during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an attempt to reflect on the vulnerability of life and the strength of motherhood during these unprecedented times while working to understand my own relationship with my younger sister.






FEATURED : The Independent Photographer "People", 3rd Prize Winners

https://independent-photo.com/themes/october-2020/





3RD PRIZE: Heun Jung Kim⁠ “As befits the finest portraiture, Heun Jung Kim’s exquisite depiction is characterized by a remarkable sensitivity and perspicacity, along with a masterful comprehension of light and form. Perfectly capturing the intricate, textural beauty of the subjects brightly-hued ‘Hanbok’ attire, and the mother’s quiet maternal pride and strength, this tender image serves as an utterly compelling representation of Korea’s enduring cultural heritage, and as a powerful symbol of hope amongst the tumult and abnormality of our world today. “ – The Independent Photographer Editors



FEATURED : The Independent Photographer "People", 3rd Prize Winners

https://independent-photo.com/themes/october-2020/





FEATURED : Lensculture x Cortona On

The Move The COVID-19 Visual Project. A Time of Distance- Mini Stories





New eras have given us specific rules such as: a limited number of people for gatherings; social distancing between people; and increased quarantines and isolation. While I worked on my projects as a portrait photographer I could only capture a limited number of people. The pandemic made it difficult meeting new models for the shoots as usual. The challenge was that as a storyteller I was still attracted to capturing peoples’ narratives and how it affected their anthropological and social roles. I wanted to document the impact to their ages, occupations and relationships. ' Portraits in Pandemic ' is an on-going series trying to highlight humanities that comes with love, hope, courage, and innocence through the different people I met in unique conditions within my community. This is mostly composed of my family members and close friends in my neighborhood. I proceeded with my photoshoots wearing a mask for the safety of my models and myself and adherence to the rigid rules in South Korea. By taking portraits of people such as: a mother and her new born baby celebrating a centuries-old tradition of a child’s 100th day on earth amidst this pandemic; a group of students who prepared their school uniforms yet never wore them while waiting for an entrance ceremony at their school; and people holding on to their dreams while quarantining in place. I tried to reflect the positive energy they all radiate in the dark times we face today.



FEATURED : Photo Journalists Exhibition, DONG GANG International Photo Festival , Gang Won do, South Korea

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