K-Phile: Arirang TV

John Steele/ November 22, 2016

Hello everyone, just a short post to announce that (Holly and) I will appear on an Arirang TV program called K-Phile this Thursday. The title of the episode is “Time Slows Down in Alleys”, and it follows us around some of the older areas of Seoul such as Gaemi Maeul, Watch Alley (시계 골목, Yeji-dong), Mullae-dong, and Dongmyo Market. In addition, the episode takes a peak into my university classroom, my film developing process at home, an old barber shop, and a whole lot of Holly. So, don’t miss it!

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Old Barber Shop

John Steele/ November 17, 2016

Last week, as part of a program that I was shooting with Arirang TV about old alleys and neighborhoods in Seoul, I made a rather interesting visit to a barber shop located just outside of Sejong University in Seoul. It was the kind of place that you would see in old movies or TV shows from the 1970s, and I’m almost certain that many of the items including the stereo, scissors, and couch have been in there since then. The smell of minty tonics combined with cigarette smoke, (p)leather chairs that creak when you sit, and the constant flow of charismatic, gabby grandfathers seeking their biweekly high and tight added a lot to the atmosphere of the place.

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John Steele/ October 15, 2016

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I’ve joined forces with my friends at 5DayDeal to put on what I personally consider to be the biggest, most exciting education event of the year for photographers who want to grow in their craft. Right now they’ve got a 5-day event happening that will blow you away!

The short version is: you get $2,500+ in video tutorials, eBooks, Adobe Lightroom presets, and more for just $97. That’s a savings of over 96%.

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Cityscapes of Korea – Summer 2016

John Steele/ September 24, 2016

The summer season of landscape photography has just wrapped up here in Korea. Yes, it’s almost October, but it’s still not quite cool yet even though most of the schools and offices have turned off their air conditioning (they do it here by date, not by temperature for unobvious reasons)! What is summer landscape photography in Korea all about? For me, that can be wrapped up in one word – monsoons! Korea is a land of beautiful, underrated landscapes including impressive mountain ranges, lovely coastlines, lush rice fields, and temples and palaces. But one thing that we don’t get here often that is necessary for great landscapes and cityscapes is dramatic, colo(u)rful, cloud-filled skies at the golden hours of the day. And, that’s where the monsoons come in. The summer season is a wet one in Korea, but leading up to and following the heavy rains we get stretches of crisp blue skies filled with white puffy clouds (great for IR during the day, by the way) for as far as the eye can see. During these can’t-miss periods the normally drab Korean skies are full of life and color, particularly at sunrise and sunset times. These dramatic skies complement just about all types of landscapes and photography in general quite well, but today I am going to highlight the cityscapes of Korea (had to add “of Korea” for SEO purposes) that I captured this summer. Most of my work was from Seoul this summer as it’s hard traveling with a dog in extreme heat, but we did make it down to Busan for a few days to catch the fog rolling in from the sea. Hope you enjoy the pictures and the rest of your weekend!

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Bonum 1957 Hanok Stay and Hotel – Seoul Interior Photographer

John Steele/ September 9, 2016

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by the fine folks over at Bonum 1957 Hanok Stay and Hotel to take photographs of their beautiful establishment for website and promotional purposes. It had been a while since I’d shot interiors or architecture, but when I saw snapshots of the place I knew this was an opportunity that I couldn’t miss. Bonum 1957, located at the entrance of Bukchon Hanok Village in the heart of Seoul, prides itself in mixing the ancient traditions of Korean living with luxurious, modern amenities. From a photographer’s perspective, it was love at first sight.

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