About half a year ago, one of my dad’s colleagues passed me his old Contax T2. I found an expired roll of Kodak Gold 200 film in a cabinet and decided to practice some photography skills using the new camera and the expired film. This first photo is one I took on the way to a friend’s house near Thomson. We walked along the concrete pavement and I caught a glimpse of this motorbike hidden in the shade of a tree.
The next two photos are also in the Thomson area, the wall in real life is actually not pink at all, but rather orange! The mix between expired film and cheap processing resulted in a strange light pink colour while the blue sky was tinted almost green.
Shadows and light on hands.
‘Orange’ wall in Thomson.
This photo was taken through the glass of the bus window on the way to Junction 8 Mall in Bishan from Thomson. The sun was just beginning to set and I thought that the orange detail on the buildings played nicely with the soft blue, almost purple sky. The processing and expired film resulted in an extremely faded image and the colours all muted. I actually really liked the reflection of the light in the window which appear as green/yellow streaks. They contrast the cloud trails in the sky nicely.
While our main purpose for visiting Switzerland was for Physics and CERN, we had plenty of activities organised for us in the beautiful city of Geneva. Something that I enjoyed greatly about Geneva would be the dawn and dusk we were able to see. The sunlight was never too harsh which resulted in the city taking on a lovely glow in the morning and in the evening.
The architecture in Geneva was also beautiful – a mix of modern and old, but thankfully, mostly old. Especially since this was the first time I’d ever been to Switzerland, I had no clue what to expect. I can say that Geneva definitely did not let me down at all. We only stayed for four days (a long way to travel for only four days!) and I wish I could’ve stayed for another week or so. It truly was a beautiful city.
Instead of staying in the city areas of Seoul, we decided to stay in a traditional village, known as a Hanok. The street was beautiful, and being slightly elevated on a gentle hill meant that we had the sunset angled towards us every evening. This quaint street was an everyday walk for us, usually in the evenings where we would venture up to find somewhere nice to eat. There were also many small local businesses which we enjoyed supporting, whether it was through buying an $8 linen shirt, or a Korean Photo Magazine, or even grabbing an ice-cream after dinner.
The experience of staying in a Hanok is much more gentle, much more peaceful than the bustling city of Seoul, office workers, lawyers and students bustling about the place didn’t seem too pleasant an option. (As compared to the quiet, jovial atmosphere of Bukchon Hanok.) If only we could have extended our stay there.
We were at the last part of our DMZ tour and we were *forced* to go into an Amethyst Museum. Not the most thrilling thing to do. Instead, my dad and I decided to sneak away from the tour group to witness something much more interesting, as did a couple of young guys as well – a street protest! I was unsure as to what was being protested, I have a feeling it had to do with beef, perhaps Bulgolgi Beef. Eventually, however, we were summoned back to the tour bus as they were going to depart. I wonder if the others had fun at the Amethyst Museum, learning about the creation of the gems from millions of years of lava and rock. I hope I didn’t miss anything interesting while sneaking off to watch a protest!