Has it been long since you lived by yourself?
I was born and raised in Suwon city and moved to Seoul for work. I settled and started my Seoul life in 2007 by working for a company in Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu. From my middle and high school years I highly admired a TV commercial director, Jongryeol Baek, so as a sophomore at college I went to work for his art direction team as an assistant. With that being my first job, I never went back to college and went through a number of job places and got myself here, doing graphic design ever since.
To you, what was Seoul like back then? I mean, Nonhyeon-dong is one of the top fanciest area in Seoul.
Back then I didn’t have any specific impression of the city. I had a limited route, just back and forth to work from home and that was it. Garosugil was an exception, we’d sometimes go for drinks after work. It was when Japanese pubs were popular and hot clubs and trendy cafes concentrated in the Gangnam area. So to me, Seoul was like an entertainment gathering, so to speak, like a great city to ‘hang out.’
On your studio Frame Builder’s website(www.framebuilders.kr) there’s a corner of photographs of Seoul taken by yourself with a film camera, and it got me curious to hear about your perspective of the city.
I wasn’t taking photographs of Seoul intentionally, it’s rather like the subject just happened to be parts of Seoul whenever I felt like taking out my camera. I never thought deeply on the images of the city. To describe it short, I’d say it’s a ‘workplace.’