お久しぶり! O-hisashiburi! That is the Japanese greeting for “long time no see..!”
And it has been a while since I last posted something here. I struggled to get into the blog because I have almost forgotten the adminstrator password.
I have not forgotten about the blog in my struggles to get through everyday. In fact, I think about writing a post everyday, or once every couple of days. I make it a point to take a photo on my iPhone everyday because there is something that I want to remember about my day in this blog. I will be thinking to myself: “Ah, this is something I want to write about…” But as the Chinese saying goes – 心有余而力不足。
I was wondering what I should post today in my (yet again) “comeback” post. I decided on this photo which I had taken in Seoul last November.
There are a couple of Korean travel blogs that I subscribe to on my Google Reader and one of them is Seoul Selection, an eponymous Korean travel magazine run by Robert Koehler who lives in Korea.
When the magazine asked readers to send in photos of everyday life in Korea, I decided to submit this photograph on a whim and it was published on the blog’s ‘Photo of the Week’ section two weeks ago. I chose this particular one because the vivid colours of the dancer’s costumes, make-up and facial expression made the photo pulse with life.
I was also asked to write a simple caption about the photo and the first thing that popped in my mind was “an explosion of colour and grace”. Anyone who has seen one of these traditional Korean fan-dances will know what I mean.
I remember stumbling on this performance on a very cold windy morning at Insadong. It was the third time that I was watching this performance, having seen it twice before in a theatre. Watching it close-up on the streets, jostling with throngs of people in cold weather made the experience totally different, not to mention the photo opportunities.
It felt good to see my photo on someone else’s blog, besides my own. 気持ちよかったです! The question that many asked me was – did you get paid for the photo? Of course not! And I don’t expect to.
This is the other photo that I was considering submitting.
Ahhh, I have nearly forgotten the nice feeling of writing here.