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The Recent Past

The Recent Past



It has become a tradition of sorts to review the year ending through a quick glance back at the photo blog’s recent posts. As such, may I present the college above. When putting these together, I looked back at last year’s college and accompanying thoughts. At the time, I had felt a hefty dose of skepticism for the year ahead. Perhaps driven by political, social, or purely financial forces taking place at the time here in South Korea, or in my home country, the year ahead seemed more menacing than usual.

Now, as I sit, looking back at the past fifty plus weeks, I feel a sense of subtle ownership for the struggles and accomplishments which have taken place over this time. When settling into a retrospective view of the recent past, those insecurities seem legitimate, yet all the more a product of an idea of the future which needed to bend, if not break from the restraints of my own personal convictions. These processes and results lead me to wonder at what the year ahead will bring for life in Jeolla-do, and of the many stories yet to be visually told.

Thank you all for sharing your support, feedback, and ideas over the past year. May we all meet the year ahead with eyes open to what life has in store.

Happy New Year folks!

(Photo & Text by Marty Miller)