Photo Archive

Black and White Photography Archive

I’m happy to present you with my black and white photography archive. There’s something very, very special about black and white photography. After getting my first DSLR camera in 2014, I was just happy to explore and capture what I discovered. But it wasn’t long before I got into street photography and documenting. I developed a keen taste for high-contrast, black and white photography.

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A Night Trip to Gwanghwamun (May 2016)

On this particular evening, I recall it was raining quite a bit. But, I was planning to go out to photograph, and the wet would not deter me. I got on the bus and traveled out to Gwanghwamun, Seoul, where I spent the evening walking around with an umbrella in one hand and my camera in the other doing street photography. It was quite the balancing act, and I think it was worth it! I also enjoyed hopping from Gwanghwamun over to Cheonggyecheon Stream for more goodies. The rain and contrasting lights on the street made for some great black and white photography.

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A Few Photos From Yeonshinnae, Seoul (May 2016)

These are just a few images I took while walking around in Yeonshinnae, Seoul in May 2016. They are not exceptional, but I enjoyed the photographs, and they belong in my archives.

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Documenting Gyeongbokgung Palace with Black and White Photography (April 2016)

In 2016, on one of my many visits to Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea, I began doing black and white photography of the scenery and visitors. It dawned on me that photographers often avoid tourists at all costs, but now they make the current atmosphere of these locations. So to accurately document such a location, I also began incorporating the visitors in my images. Although it was a very controversial idea to bring to photographers, I even wrote an article about that subject. I appreciated looking back on these earlier images of tourists at the palace.

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Gapyeong, South Korea (April 2016)

In spring 2016, I was happy to go to Gapyeong, South Korea for a weekend family trip away from Seoul. By this time, I was very interested in black and white photography, and much of my work from this time forward is in black and white. We visited Nami Island and the Land of the Morning Calm in Gapyeong, and I documented what I found there. There were many couples, flowers, and plenty to explore and see.

Some Additional Related Archives: Love Archive, Gyeonggi Province, Flower Photos, Tulip Photos, Daisy Photos

Snow Hill Fun (March 2016)

In March 2016, at the end of winter, my family and I went to a snow hill to do some tubing. My son had an amazing time. I took a break for a part of the time and stayed at the bottom of the hill to take some photographs of my son and wife as they came down the mountain. That’s when I noticed this other family having the best time of their life. Their expressions were almost exaggerated. Sheer joy comes to many who see this image. The scene was perfect for black and white photography.

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Documenting Life in Goyang, South Korea (February 2016)

One day in February 2016, I went out for a good walk to explore and document what I discovered in a small town in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province in South Korea. I was out for quite a while, likely a few hours walking around all the back streets and photographing different things that appealed to me. Looking back on these images was a pleasure because it seemed to be the beginning of doing what I loved most, which was closer to documenting than simply doing street photography. I enjoyed the resulting images and found they worked very well as black and white photography.

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Myeongdong Street Food (January 2016)

While out and about in the bustling Myeongdong market in Seoul, South Korea, I took this photograph of a woman serving street food. Street food is popular in the area and is DELICIOUS! I enjoyed this photograph and it worked perfectly in black and white!

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Everland Long Exposures of the Merry-Go-Round (January 2016)

January 2016 was a busy month for my photography. I enjoyed getting out and documenting what I discovered on my journey. On this particular occasion, I was at Everland, one of the largest amusement parks in South Korea. While I was there, I wanted to try something a little more creative. I took some long-exposure photographs of the Merry-Go-Round to create the above images.

Some Additional Related Archives: Long Exposure Photography, Night Photography, Amusement Parks, Gyeonggi-do, Yongin

Dongdaemun Street Photography (January 2016)

In January 2016, I visited Dongdaemun, Seoul, South Korea, to photograph in the evening. I enjoyed my visit and documented the scenes as best I could. The area was very lively, with a lot of people out and about. There were many buses and street food, which comprised most of the images above.

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Dongmyo Flea Market Street Photography (January 2016)

Back in January 2016, I visited Dongmyo Flea Market in Seoul, South Korea, one early morning for some street photography. I didn’t take many photographs that day, but two stood out from my brief visit, and black-and-white especially worked well for documenting both these scenes.

Black and White Photography in Munsan (January 2016)

To kick off my start in black and white photography, I took a trip to Munsan, Paju, located near the DMZ (the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea), about an hour north of Seoul, South Korea. Looking back on these images with fresh eyes was an eye-opener! I noticed I had that documentary-style feel, which I later liked most. I never realized that I began on the journey all the way back in 2016! My later tastes brought me not only to a lot of black and white photography but also to exploring and documenting what I find.


Before concluding this article, I’d like to take the opportunity to tell you about a program that I am offering to photography learners, beginners, and aspiring photographers, free of charge. The goal is to help you improve your photography and develop your unique style. I will become a mentor to help guide you and give advice. We will also review your images and determine how to improve them. I call this The Photography Mentoring Program. You can sign up for the program here.

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