The Sound of Seoul (25inch x 25inch, Digital Print, 2006)
Today we are happy to introduce you Dahahm Choi, Seoul born photographer currently living between Berlin and Paris. Photos shown here are from his series called Rise and Set, all shot in Seoul. More of his work can be found on www.dahahm.com.
When did you start Rise and Set?
I guess it was quite a long time ago to say. I can’t exactly say when I started that project because at that time I didn’t care about the subject. All I wanted was making good images of Seoul. Then I travelled to several countries with middle format camera which changed my whole point of view. It was 2005 – 2006.
What is your idea behind Rise and Set?
When I was young and energetic, I spent a lot of time with my friends outside during warm season in Seoul. As long as the weather allowed us to hang around, we were always skateboarding day and night, even in the midnight until the sun rises. We were searching for a spot to skateboard throughout the whole city. Wherever there was a firm concrete or pavement which looked perfect for skateboarding, we just went there and spend quite a time. I took photos of my friends skateboarding with my Minolta Automatic Camera my father bought when I was in Edmonton, Canada. Not only I but also my friends were appreciating unconsciously how beautiful the city were. It was like a cozy home when we were together outside day and night.
What is you favorite equipment to work with?
Definitely with films. I would like to see myself taking photo with a view camera because I know that it will make me feel more responsible for what I am or what I am doing. To add up a reason for that, I suppose everybody knows why films are better.
Is there photographers or things that often give you an inspiration?
Yes, but mostly I get inspired by having conversations with friends or listening to good music.
Seoul Metro Ring Line 2, at Choong-jung-ro (2009)
Sogong Street, Seoul (2007)
KNR (30inch x 30inch, Digital Print, 2009)
The More Sound of Seoul (2009)
Teheran Boulevard, Seoul (2009)
Olympic Bridge (2008)
A Phonebooth next to Seoul Station (2007)
www.dahahm.com & his blog