Sunday, August 20, 2017

goodbye, Seoul

It might be hard to believe but that's the Seoul I miss the most - worn down, dirty, ugly yet always fascinating.  

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Busan, South Korea

The neighborhood I stayed in when Busan, close to Busan railway station, had a weird mix of Chinese and Russian impacts... Nevertheless, I would highly recommend Morning Dew Guesthouse, (if you don't mind climbing up to 7th floor for a room with a view)

Santorini of South Korea

Nested high in the hills of Saha-gu, Gamcheon village has always been one of the poorest residential areas in Busan ( South Korea's second-largest city), being home for many war refugees after Korean War started in 1950. Since 2009, the government has been investing more money into the village and funding restorations and art projects making it into a tourist attraction called Gamcheon Culture Village. Although many cafes and souvenir shops have popped up in the recent years, the authentic old-time charm still remains. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Busan Harbour

The largest port in South Korea

/wearing: shirt - Indiebrand (Korean), pants - Theory, sunglasses - & Other Stories, and 10$ slides I found from the local market because my own shoes gave me blisters/

Monday, July 31, 2017


I love that these sites in Seoul can coexist within 500 m radius.

Thousands of white lanterns representing the dead Bongeunsa Temple and 50 000 books at the new COEX Starfield Library across the road. Must say that the both places were very relaxing. 

Seoul: Milestone Coffee

서울시 강남구 신사동 554-4
Seoul, South Korea
(49 Nonhyeon-ro 159-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)

The best matcha affogato

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Seoul: Coffee Hanyakbang

I am always joking that all I do in Seoul is drinking coffee at as many different coffee shops as possible. Most of them look and feel more or less the same - white floors, house plants, neon signs, hip typography on the walls, and most of all - easily forgotten. 

Last week I came across an hidden gem that I'll probably remember for years from now. It was so amazing that I even went back the next day to try other items in the menu and take more photos.

Coffee Hanyakbang ( 커피한약방  )
Address: 16-6 Samil-daero 12-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea
서울 중구 삼일대로12길 16-6 커피한약방 )
Euljiro-3ga Station

 Hanyakbang is hided in a small alley amongst shabby buildings in Euljiro. And by small, I really mean it, I hardly fit through this "street". Before that I circled around the block for 20 minutes to even find the right place. 
I can't even imagine how did they even transport all the equipment and furniture there..

Once I stepped in the coffee shop, I felt like I was instantly transported into Wong Kar-wai movie scene (If you have seen In The Mood For Love, you know what I'm talking about). The cafe is delicately decorated with exquisite antique furniture, some of this coming directly from China, for example the medicine cabinet and a spectacular counter inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Their drip coffee is reasonably priced and barista makes sure he knows your taste preference before choosing the beans. They even roast the coffee beans in the shop manually (so the whole place smells heavenly!) Can't get any more artisan than that.

Besides coffee being delicious, it's one of the few cafes I've been here that doesn't blast load K-pop music all day every day.. instead they have a collection of old records they switch from time to time. While I was there, they were playing Chuck Berry.

Second floor features a huge wooden table for those who wish to work on their laptops (feels very out of place though..), more antique lamps, sofas, and a huge decorative wall piece inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Seoul: Unhyeongung Royal Residence

The best sights are the ones you stumble upon by accident while aimlessly walking around in the city

464 Samil-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 삼일대로 464 (운니동)

Avenuel July 2017: Art Issue

My favorite job in Seoul so far must be this editorial shot for Avenuel magazine. 
The whole concept was based on interpreting noteworthy examples of performance art of 20th century. It was so much more exciting to work on than yet another Gucci-Prada filled fashion editorial.

Marina Abramovic with Ulay – Rest Energy

'Pose Work for Plinths 3', Bruce McLean, 1971

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Tehching Hsieh, Linda Montano, Art/Life One Year Performance 1983 –1984

Marina Abramovic and Ulay
Imponderabilia 1977
  Breathing in- Breathing out, 1977

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Seoul Olympic Park and Sculpture Garden

Dialogue, 1989, by Mohand Amara

Self-portrait by Frank Dornself

World Peace Gate

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hannam-Dong Seoul

Hannam-Dong is quickly becoming one of my favourite neighborhoods in Seoul with a huge concentration of independently run coffee shops and designer boutiques.

Visited Maison Marais showroom to pick up some goodies and pictures we shot together in Miami back in April. 

With the designer behind the scenes of new summer look book shoot

And later coffee at the newest place in the neighborhood - Low Coffee Hannam
한남동 683-5, Seoul, South Korea