The juxtaposition between old and new, decay and renewal, modern versus tradition, fascinated me and it shows in the choices I made with the camera. The obvious in this instance needs to be stated, I was a foreigner in Korea. It is inherently problematic to comment on a country as an outsider. The years I spent in Korea will always be a part of me, but I am not Korean. What I chose to photograph says more about myself than anything significantly profound about the country. However, I was struck at just how quickly things can change in Korea. Korea's five millennia belies a country that is rapidly and constantly changing.
Every city street and rural pathway I walked down seemed to have its own major, ongoing infrastructure project. The sleepy, forgotten suburb of Gwanjeodong, sandwiched in-between rice fields and mountains on the border of Daejeon City, was transforming its thoroughfares into four-lane freeways and beginning preparation for a new subway system in 2005. Between 2010-2013 the burgeoning suburb of Chilgok 3 in Daegu was dominated by the construction of the city's first monorail, not to mention a new, large shopping center and cineplex.
I was very fortunate to experience so much of the country in the seven years I traveled and lived there. So this is simply my take on a country I once called home. This is my Korea.