Seo Ju Sunim, in autumn.
This entry was posted on December 30, 2010 by seon joon. It was filed under 강원 and was tagged with autumn, 가을, 강원, 서주 스님, seminary.
December 30, 2010 at 10:51 pm
…I confess: this shot was set up. I first spotted this tree going up in flame one leaf at a time about two weeks before this picture was taken. But even with that one red branch, something was listless and weak about the picture. I dragged two different nuns out to the spot to take pictures, and this one was the best. It was originally a test shot for the cover of the school magazine’s fall 2011 issue (yes, a full year in advance, because one never knows). Glad you enjoyed it–and I owe you an email!
January 1, 2011 at 2:48 am
This is a lovely photograph. I like the composition and the elements – the sunlight, red leaves, and Nun with her broad summer hat – and the way they came together, especially with the Nun facing away from the camera.
February 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm
It’s one of my few staged photographs. It was meant as a test for next year’s cover shot; alas, as you know, the cover shot is no longer my burden or my joy to fuss over. The model is Seo Ju Sunim, who appears in a number of photos because she has such great presence. I tried this shot with a different Sunim as the model, and it was then that I began to understand presence in photography: amazingly, even when people are just standing there, they aren’t just standing there. Confidence, poise, centeredness, strength, and all of the opposite are conveyed immediately. While I deliberately strive for uncontrived photos, especially portraits, shooting this picture on two different days with two different models taught me a lot about choosing your subject, taking their personality into consideration when you have a particular concept or mood in mind. Yipes!
February 14, 2011 at 5:26 am
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