Popeye garden

Gentrification is a process of renovation and revival of deteriorated urban neighborhoods by means of influx of more affluent residents, which results in increased property values and the displacing of lower-income families and small businesses. This is a common and controversial topic in urban planning. Gentrification may be viewed as “correction” of blockbusting and urban flight as many gentrified neighborhoods of the present were once affluent neighborhoods of the past. Gentrification is typically the result of increased interest in a certain environment. Early “gentrifiers” may belong to low-income artists or boheme communities, which increase the attractiveness and flair of a certain quarter. Further steps are increased investments in a community and the related infrastructure by real estate development businesses, local government, or community activists and resulting economic development, increased attraction of business and lower crime rates. In addition to these potential benefits, gentrification can lead to population migration. Seochon is currently undergoing a fierce gentrification. The Popeye Garden that appeared in this photo is also the place that was sacrificed by the Gentrification. This well-loved flower garden was built 30 years ago. However, due to the overheating of Seochon’s commercial district, it was impossible to cope with the increased rent and it had to be moved to another area. This photo was taken with Leica M3 and Elmar 50mm f/3.5. The film was used with Ilford FP4 and was developed with Ilford Ilfosol-3.

Shamanism in Muak-dong

Muak-dong is a small village located at the mid-slope of the Inwang Mountain which was called Muak Mountain in the Chosun Dynasty. There are quite a lot of temples and shrines there. Since I did not take a photo, there is a bizarre shaped rock named Seonbawi in this area. There is a superstition that if you pray at Seonbawi, you will have a son, so many people pray here even on weekdays. It is very close to the center of Seoul, and yet has a unique atmosphere not like Seoul. All these photos were taken with Leica MA and Summaron 35mm f/2.8. The film used Ilford FP4 and was developed with Ilfosol-3.

 

A short stroll on Gwangalli beach

The Gwangalli beach or Gwangan beach is a beach in Busan, South Korea. Gwangalli beach is Busan’s second-most popular beach (second to Haeundae). It has a distinctively more ‘city beach’ feel to it than its more popular counterpart does. It’s a solid ‘7’ by day, but a ’10’ by night, where you can gaze at the iconic Diamond bridge, buy some fireworks, and drink to your heart’s desire. Gwangalli beach is sometimes called Cafe Town. During summer, cafes with unique interior and exterior styles and colorful lights entice many visitors. Even in the winter, people can enjoy a different type of fun, sitting down by the big picture windows or enjoying romance. That is why Gwangalli Beach attracts many people even in winter. It was a foggy day when I visited there. I wanted to feel the vigor of Gwangalli, but I thought this was not too bad. I sat for a long time on the beach and looked at the sea. Although the newly constructed bridge was a little familiar, it was felt that the bridge in the mist was romantic. All these photos were taken with Leica MA and Summaron 35mm f/3.5. The film used Ilford HP5 and was developed with Ilfosol-3.

  

  

Lake Como

Lake Como, in Northern Italy’s Lombardy region, is an upscale resort area known for its dramatic scenery, set against the foothills of the Alps. The lake is shaped like an upside-down Y, with three slender branches that meet at the resort town of Bellagio. At the bottom of the southwest branch lies the city of Como, home to Renaissance architecture and a funicular that travels up to the mountain town of Brunate. When I went to Lake Como, it was not a vacationer season and the weather was not good. When I was on the boat, it was harder than I anticipated. However, when I look at the picture again, it feels like a beautiful city. All these photos were taken with Leica MA and Summicron 50mm f/2.0 DR. The film used Ilford HP5 and was developed with Ilfosol-3.

Days in Milan without inspiration

Milan, a metropolis in Italy’s northern Lombardy region, is a global capital of fashion and design. Home to the national stock exchange, it’s a financial hub also known for its high-end restaurants and shops. The Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper,” testify to centuries of art and culture. Nonetheless, Milan is a somewhat boring city for me. Actually, I have gone many times but have not always inspired me. Maybe it is on the ground that Milan is too much modernized city contrasted with cities such as Rome and Florence. All these photos were taken with Leica MA and Summicron 50mm f/2.0 DR. The film used Ilford HP5 and was developed with Ilfosol-3.

Relaxed time in Aosta

Aosta is the principal city of Aosta Valley, a bilingual region in the Italian Alps, 110 km (68 mi) north-northwest of Turin. It is situated near the Italian entrance of the Mont Blanc Tunnel, at the confluence of the Buthier and the Doire baltée, and at the junction of the Great and Little St. Bernard routes. Aosta was settled in proto-historic times and later became a centre of the Salassi, many of whom were killed or sold into slavery by the Romans in 25 BC. Ancient Roman roads, a crumbling theatre, city walls, bridges and old crypts are all in evidence throughout the valley. Aosta was a charming city with a clean air and relaxed atmosphere. All these photos were taken with Leica MA and Summicron 35mm f/2.0 V1. The film used Ilford FP4 and was developed with Ilfosol-3.