After a 17 year absence this trip to Busan, South Korea was really about reconnecting with my dear friends and partners in the tea business. Park Jin Kuen and Kim Jeon Yeon run a small tea shop in Busan, South Korea. This year, while visiting I was introduced to their unique community and managed to take some interesting environmental portraits of shop keepers, tea farmers and Master Potter’s. Each portraits is a story, so stay tuned for more pictures on these wonderful people. Enjoy.Cheers
It started with a few random portraits of coworkers. I am enrolled in Dawson College’s Commercial Photography program, and my co-workers graciously posed for my school assignments and from that this project has gained a life of its own and matured into the photo essay which I present here in its raw form. Things started to unfold and open with the closing of the Royal Victoria Hospital. People began to look around their work environment which triggered personal emotions as we remembered all the years and friends we made along the way. Initially, I focused on the people that I knew and the familiar corridors … and soon found myself introduced to corners that I had never seen. I thank you all for sharing your world with me, and allowing me to tell our story of the Royal Victoria Hospital and Alan Memorial.
What really struck me about South Korea was how industrious the people were, and how hard they worked. While living there I would photograph the world around me. Here are a couple of portraits of men working. The pipe fitter’s shop was right off the street I walked, while the shoe repair man had a small booth/box on one of the busy streets.