25 Minute Exposure, Seoul Korea

Photo taken by contributor PJ Brez, a 28-year-old man who lives in the South Korean countryside. He has experienced depression, loneliness, homesickness, and feelings of isolation. He teaches English conversation at a university in Korea, but photography is his passion.

About this photo: “This photograph is of Seoul’s Olympic Bridge shot in infrared. I was feeling a bit daring and experimental when I took this shot. I’d never shot infrared film in a pinhole camera before, nor had I ever used this particular brand of infrared film (Rollei IR 400). It was also the first time I’d ever shot infrared in the winter – something most photographers tend to avoid. I was really fortunate that the shot came out okay because I had no idea how long to expose the film. My pinhole camera coupled with a dark infrared filter ended up producing a photo that took 25 minutes or so in the fleeting, late afternoon light. Despite this image’s moody appearance, it was a pleasant, almost therapeutic experience to sit and watch the gentle Han River waves lap up on the shore as the photo was being taken.

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