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November Streets

November Streets

 

This week’s photo contains the monthly street photography image from Gwangju. While technically taken in late October, the image above was too good to let it slip beneath the fallen leaves of many autumn-themed images I have taken recently. The setting was the final day of the Gwangju Design Biennale. This image betrays the fact that it was late afternoon. For once inside the cavernous Biennale hall, it became easy to loose track of time, and as this image would suggest, other people too.

This bulk of the foreground in this image is taken up by a large inverted overlapping pyramidal structures. While visually obtrusive, they do point the way to what could be perceived as the main subject of the image. In the central part of the bottom of the frame, we see two sets of legs slightly highlighted against the dark gray wall. They are the only obvious signs of humanity within a space that resembles a holideck more-so than the multipurpose interior of Biennale Hall.

At times when shooting on the streets of Gwangju, it is difficult to find a subject who does not turn away at the sight of the camera, or retreat into heart-shape gang sign or the torturous “V” for victory. While initially infuriating, such cultural habits can be useful for finding compositional techniques to position the subject creatively. If so, like the photo above, we may find that the image lends itself to a slightly different emotional quality than what we initially expected when framing the shot. Personally, this lesson is one which find I must continually take. Over and over again when doing street photography in Gwangju, I am reminded that the best shot is one which I cannot necessary envision beforehand. In that sense, I know what NOT to do the next time a gleaming white inverted pyramid obstructs my view.

[Image taken using my Nikon FE2 with a 35mm f1.4 lens shooting T-max 100 pushed one stop.]

(Photo & Text by Marty Miller)

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What to Do This Weekend: Gwangju Live, Kimchi Festival, and A 90’s Fundraiser!

Hello Gwangju!

Need something to do this weekend? Well that’s exactly why the Gwangju Blog is here for you! Let’s see what’s happening in our city.

Thursday, Novmeber 16th

Courtesy of Zumba with Thando

Courtesy of Zumba with Thando

Thursday night in Gwangju means a healthy start to the weekend with Zumba at the GIC. Zumba is a fun cardio class that is open to any level. It takes place at 7 p.m., and is led by Gwangju resident, and certified Zumba instructor Thando Mlambo. Make sure you wear comfy clothes, bring a towel, and a bottle of water because you’re going to need it. You’ll feel energized and ready to take on the weekend! For more details, please go to the Facebook event page here.

Friday, November 17th

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

The only weekly open mic night in Gwangju takes place on Friday nights, and it happens at Loft 28. If you would like to perform, all you have to do is come and bring your own instrument, Loft will provide the rest. Another bonus to performers is that you will receive one free drink. There’s some terrific local talent here in town, so go to Loft 28 tonight to support them! If you need more details, please go to their Facebook page. Open mic will begin at 11 p.m. Loft isn’t the only place to hear live music tonight. At Speakeasy they will be having another edition of their popular Gwangju Live series. Former resident Art Cowles will be performing tonight. He’s on tour to promote his album, The Astronaut. The music will begin sometime after 10 p.m., and they will have happy hour specials until 11 p.m. For more info, please go to Speakeasy’s Facebook page.

Saturday, November 18th

Courtesy of the GIC Talk Series

Courtesy of the GIC Talk Series

This weekend’s art class at the GIC will be another female figure drawing class. The class will begin at 12:45 p.m., and the model will arrive at 1 p.m. Once the model arrives the doors will be locked for their privacy. The cost for the class is only 10,000 won, and materials will be provided (you are encouraged to bring your own). For more details about the class, please check out the Facebook event page. Today’s class is being led by Jen Lee. Later on at the GIC they will be holding their weekly lecture series. Today’s topic will be a special one as participants from this past week’s Youth Culture Forum Camp will talk about their experiences during the forum. The talk will begin at 4 p.m., and go for about an hour. If you need more information, you can go to their Facebook page here. You can also go to the GIC’s homepage for more info about both events.

Just about every city in Korea is famous for something, and for Gwangju it’s that side dish that goes with everything-kimchi! The Gwangju Kimchi Festival began yesterday on the 17th, and it runs through until tomorrow. There will be cooking experiences, a market, an art gallery, and many more events. For complete info, please follow this link. There’s also the main site that you can check out, but the information is in Korean only.

Courtesy of the GPP

Courtesy of the GPP

If you missed the chance last weekend to see the GPP‘s production of The Taming of the Shrew, don’t worry because you still have three more chances to see it this weekend! To get your tickets in advance, you must email: gpptickets@gmail.com before 5 p.m. on Friday, November 17th. They will also have tickets available at the door. For complete information, please go to their Facebook page.

Courtesy of Gwangju Animal Shelter Volunteers

Courtesy of Gwangju Animal Shelter Volunteers

Tonight there will be another fundraiser for our four legged friends, and for the second year in a row there is a 90’s theme! It’s time for the 2nd annual “Who Let the Dogs out?” 90’s dance party fundraiser! It all takes place at Speakeasy starting at 10 p.m., and it will be a fantastic way to raise money for the local animal shelter. Get together your best 90’s costume for the contest, and enjoy some jello shots as you dance to the best tunes of the era. The cover is only a 3,000 won donation, but you can always give more if you want. For all the details about the party, please go to the Facebook event page here.

Hints of…

Hints of

 

 

Often photographs are best when hinting at something not shown within the frame. In order to do this, they beckon our eyes to move beyond what can easily be seen. When doing so, backgrounds, and overlooked edges become more important; a subject in and of themselves. The image above adheres to such a design. While simple in composition, it can hint at changes on the horizon.

It was two weeks ago already when this photo was taken. Just after the annual 70/80 fest, the downtown area still showed remnants of several long, inebriated nights of revelry. Small gift bags and confetti mixed with yellow leaves in drain corners. Patches of teal duct-tape, recently used to sustain adverts, ropes, or other barriers were omnipresent on benches, street signs, and railings in front of the Asia Cultural Center (ACC). Within the rectangular, upward-sloping park atop the southern edge of the ACC complex, another remnant could be seen. This one also hinted at a visual-cultural ecosystem which until recently, had bloomed nearly as bright as the festival nearby. Among a flowerbed of drying daisy stems, only one still possessed its petals. Curved into narrowing tubes, the dark yellow prongs extended into the sky like pointing fingers.

On this day, the sky was white. No detail could be seen in the clouds which blanketed the view above. It felt surprisingly like winter, therefore rendering this single daisy out-of-place amid the rest of the park.

When looking at this image, we may just be able to feel that subtle sense of displacement. The finger-like petals point to the mass of off-white which highlights the background. Only a small portion of the flower is in focus, the tip of its front-most petal. However, the slowly blurring background draws our eyes back towards the petals which arch upwards towards that unforgiving mass of white. It senses the winter on the way.

Not unlike the stems and human-made remnants nearby, it knows that the power it will soon possess rests as a symbol of what once was. It therefore relied on eyes to see it, to give it meaning, and to situate it within the ecological and human visual culture of downtown Gwangju. However, when returning a few days later, the petals were gone, and I was unable to distinguish which stem I had photographed several days earlier. Nevertheless, I value this temporary symbol of transition, pointing the way for times to come.

[Image taken using my Hasselblad 503cxi with an 80mm f2.8 lens and a 50mm extension tube, shooting Kodak Ektar 100.]

(Photo & Text by Marty Miller)

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Essentials with JD # 309 **BE THE VOICE – GFN’S HUMAN RIGHTS RADIO DRAMA FESTIVAL **

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GFN will have a special event, “Human Rights Radio Drama Festival – “BE THE VOICE”.

The festival aims to shed light on various issues surrounding Human Rights in the 21st Century showcasing the importance of human rights abuses and also being made aware of your human rights, thus aiming to also educate the public about the issues involved through theater, radio drama, animation and singing.

Festival date

❍ Date : Saturday 16th December 2017 ,4 pm ~ 6 pm

❍ Location : GFN (first floor)

❍ Please reserve your seat via E-mail (your name and number of tickets)

gfnfestival@gmail.com

❍ For more information contact : 062)460-0947

 

 

GFN광주영어방송에서는

광주전남지역에 거주중인 내·외국인들이 직접 참여하는 인권 라디오 드라마 페스티벌을 개최합니다.

이 행사는 광주지역 내외국인 참가자들이 518민주화운동과 인권이라는 주제로 직접 대본을 쓰고, 무대위에서 라디오 드라마와 연극, 애니메이션 등을 시연해 보는 축제입니다.

초대가수로는 2014년 엠네스티 홍보대사로 선정된 바 있는 ‘하림’ 출연 확정입니다.

GFN인권 라디오 드라마 축제에 관심 있는 분들의 많은 참여 부탁드립니다.

❍ 공연일시 : ’17. 12. 16 (토), 16~18시

❍ 공연장소 : 광주음악창작소 공연장 (광주영어방송 1층)

❍ 초대가수 : 하림(2014엠네스티 홍보대사)

❍ 무료티켓예약 : gfnfestival@gmail.com

    (이름과 티켓매수를 적어서 보내주세요)

* 무료공연(선착순 티켓사전예약제), 한정된 좌석으로 인해 현장 입장은 불가합니다. 양해부탁드립니다.

* 문의 : 062) 460-0947

What to Do This Weekend: A Fundraiser, Live Music, and Shakespeare!

Hello Gwangju!

We’re coming up to the weekend so it’s time to decide what you’re going to! Let’s see what your options are this weekend.

Thursday, November 9th

Courtesy of GIC Zumba with Thando

Courtesy of GIC Zumba with Thando

If you’re looking for a good way to start the weekend, well look no further than Thursday Zumba at the GIC. Zumba is a fun cardio class that is open to any level. It takes place at 7 p.m., and is led by certified Zumba instructor Thando Mlambo. Make sure you wear comfy clothes, bring a towel, and a bottle of water because you’re going to need it. You’ll also feel energized and ready for the weekend! For more details, please go to the Facebook event page here. After Zumba try working out your brain with Trivia Night at Speakeasy. Quiz master Nate will be giving out the questions, and tonight’s theme will be business! It only costs 5,000 won to play, so gather a group of friends (5 max), or find a team to play with. One of the prizes for the winning team will be a 25,000 won bar tab. For more details, please go to Speakeasy’s Facebook page.

Friday, November 10th

Courtesy of Tequilaz

Courtesy of Tequilaz

Tequilaz keeps its customers happy with their Friday cocktail special. Unlimited rail cocktails are available from 9 p.m. until midnight for only 20,000 won. While you’re enjoying those drinks, be sure to try some of their delicious Mexican food. I enjoy their tacos myself! If you need more info, please check out their Facebook page.

Saturday, November 11th

Courtesy of Gwangju KOTESOL

Courtesy of Gwangju KOTESOL

Today the Gwangju-Jeonnam chapter of KOTESOL will be holding their monthly chapter meeting. There will be two presentations given, and there will also be a chance to meet and network with other teachers. Members are especially encouraged to come to today’s meeting because they will be holding chapter elections. For more details about the meeting, please go to their Facebook page. The meeting starts at 1:45 p.m. at Gwangju National University of Education.

Courtesy of the GPP

Courtesy of the GPP

For their newest production, the GPP is presenting a twist on an old classic. Their staging of William Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew, will have the genders of their characters reversed! The shrew of the title will be a man, and the suitor this time is a woman. If you think this is traditional Shakespeare, then you are mistaken! There will be two performances today at 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., and a performance tomorrow at 3 p.m. Advance tickets are available until 5 p.m. Friday, so make sure you email gpptickets@gmail.com with your name, number of tickets and preferred date and time to reserve your tickets. Tickets at the door will also be available starting at 12,000 won. For complete details about showtimes and tickets, please go to the GPP’s website, or you can also check out their Facebook page. Can’t make the show this weekend? Don’t worry because in next week’s column we’ll have info about shows from the 18th-19th.

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Saturday night is always the best night to go out, and two of the best venues in town have events going on. First, Loft 28 will be having a charity fundraiser for the My House Foundation. This charity helps out single mothers, so help Loft raise a lot of money for them! There will be no cover, but of course donations will be appreciated. The party begins at 11 p.m., and if you need more details then please go to their Facebook page. If you’re a fan of live music, then you’ll want to be at Speakeasy tonight to hear the band Harder Than Walking. They hail from Jeonju, and they bring with them a rocking mix of covers and originals. There will be the usual great drink specials, and of course there is no cover to enjoy the music. The music will start at around 10:30 p.m., and if you need more info then you can go to Speakeasy’s Facebook page.

Sunday, November 12th

On Sundays a dedicated group of volunteers head to a local animal shelter to walk and play with dogs. If you are interested in joining them, then please go to their Facebook page for more details.