08.11 2015 INTERVIEW DATE
Owner of The Fifthmoon, Photographer
Pyeongchang-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hongil Han photographs flowers with a large-sized polaroid camera. Most are full-petaled, feminine ones like peonies and hydrangeas. His flowers are fairly easy to perceive. He captures the beautiful moment created by the stages of blooming and falling while the classic and dense tone describe a plaintive beauty. The flowers wait endlessly, they remind us a vague memory of expecting someone in love. For Han, his flowers are like written letters that were never posted. Before the flowers, he was originally a fashion photographer. From 1980 he led what was poor back then the fashion photography industry and in 2007 he left Gangnam, where he lived and worked for many years, and moved to Pyeongchang-dong. The reason was to concentrate on his independent work. His new home+studio gives a feeling of a remote and tranquil temple up in the mountains. The quiet and calm place is where he now clicks the shutter for the sake of his own pleasure.