Two Stops Down

A journal on photography by Thomas Riggs

DaeWoong Kim - A melancholic yearning for home (2011)

DaeWoong Kim - A melancholic yearning for home (2011)

DaeWoong Kim - A melancholic yearning for home

One benefit of being in a university’s photography department is seeing all the great work that gets put up for display. This series by DaeWoong Kim caught my eye, not just for its dramatic lighting but for the way it talks about long-distance relationships.

You can find DaeWoong Kim on Facebook.

My portraiture will critically explore the impact of computer technologies on social interaction for Korean students in London. A focal point of my project is an exploration of my own emotions as a Korean student in London. I will use my subject as a mirror of myself to portray the shared emotion we have as foreigners at a distance from home. I cannot see these emotions in myself, so I want to show them as they are in others.

The rationale for focussing on the computer is that nowadays computer technologies have shrunk time and space and are the catalyst for a revolution in society. We are more connected than ever before, but also perhaps simultaneously more disconnected from other people than ever. We use these technologies in our own private space where we can feel isolated and lonely, but the computer can reflect our emotion, whether positive or negative. My images will capture these moments of isolation.

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This article was published on 17 March 2011.