A Walk in the Morning Sun

A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes, and since I’ve inundated you guys with a lot of words lately, here are some pictures to do the job instead.

I managed to take them in the beautiful morning light because my boss was really nice and said I only need to drop in to say hi every morning for today and the next week. So after spending a whole, generous hour in the staffroom drinking tea and eating some breakfast food brought in by another staff member (nom), I took off. I haven’t had a chance to really go out and test my camera at all since I bought it, so instead of being lazy and going home to eat cup noodles while watching Six Feet Under, I took a walk up to Suamgol, the somewhat rundown neighbourhood behind my house.

I’m still in the process of learning how to work a DSLR and practice framing, but hopefully these shots will still give a good vibe of the city.

So without further ado, go ahead an feast your eyes!

Barbed wire tops many protective walls in the area.
Barbed wire tops many protective walls in the area.
Makeshift wire and string fences are common; I love how it gives it a rundown texture but it's evident that someone took the time to tie the string there in the first place.
Makeshift wire and string fences are common; I love how it gives it a rundown texture but it’s evident that someone took the time to tie the string there in the first place

Korea rooftop clothesline closeup small

Korea wires and rooftop clothesline small

Traditional broom and stucco house with modern plastic recycling and brick house wall.
Traditional broom and stucco house with modern plastic recycling and brick house wall.
Alleyway in the morning light.
Alleyway in the morning light.
Wire fence running along the path to Suamgol.
Wire fence running along the path to Suamgol.
Pots are usually kept on the rooftops.
Pots are usually kept on the rooftops.
Dilapidated house, which I enjoy for the exclamation marks.
Dilapidated house, which I enjoy for the exclamation marks.
Wood railing fence on top of a wall in lieu of barbed wire.
Wood railing fence on top of a wall in lieu of barbed wire.
Traditional cart. You see older men and women wheeling these slowly down the streets, stacked high with groceries, recycling, or cardboard.
Traditional cart. You see older men and women wheeling these slowly down the streets, stacked high with groceries, recycling, or cardboard.
Narrow alleys between sardine-packed houses.
Narrow alleys between sardine-packed houses.
Cluttered Korean houses all clustering together.
Cluttered Korean houses all clustering together.
Cityscape behind a bare spring thorn bush.
Cityscape behind a bare spring thorn bush.
Ran into one of my students on this corner last week. She excitedly told me she lives down this street. Thought I'd take a picture to remember it by.
Ran into one of my students on this corner last week. She excitedly told me she lives down this street. Thought I’d take a picture to remember it by.
Staircase juxtapositioning the very old traditional type stairs while flaunting a shiny new electric gate.
Staircase juxtapositioning the very old traditional type stairs while flaunting a shiny new electric gate.
Truck that drives around town broadcasting its fresh produce.
Truck that drives around town broadcasting its fresh produce.
Traditional food truck vs. modern minivan.
Traditional food truck vs. modern minivan.
Dog woken by the food truck's loudspeaker advertising.
Dog woken by the food truck’s loudspeaker advertising.
And back to sleep, sleepy doorfront dog that s/he is.
And back to sleep, sleepy doorfront dog that s/he is.
Sneakers stored outside a window in the sun.
Sneakers stored outside a window in the sun.
View of skyscrapers with traditional Korean buildings in the forefront.
View of skyscrapers with traditional Korean buildings in the forefront.

4 thoughts on “A Walk in the Morning Sun

  1. Should I be worried about the number of security fences I saw?

    The photos do give a sense of life there. Somewhat ironically just hours ago I was looking at a photo taken by your mom of an alleyway in a very different part of the world.

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  2. This is what I was hoping to eventually see. Neighbourhood pix. Seems like there is a tale to tell about high protective walls topped with more protection. “Good fences make good neighbours”. ? ! ? ! the google satellite views of your neighbourhood is fascinating given the street planning. SOOOO confusing like a maze. Looks like you got closer to the mountain behind the neighbourhood and the elevation of the truck and modern van give a good idea of the altitude of your neighbourhood.

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