Photographing the Seoul Metro is a time of reflection for me.
Although I was born in South Korea, I was raised in a rural, predominantly white area of the United States that culturally distanced me from my motherâ€™s country. Since moving to Seoul, Iâ€™ve made a habit of haunting the metro. I can spend days jumping from line to line, taking in as much as I can. I could say itâ€™s because I want to go somewhere new but that isnâ€™t the full truth; Iâ€™m exactly where I want to be.
The metro is where the â€śrealâ€ť Seoul congregates: true lives that wonâ€™t be portrayed in tourism ads or K-pop songs. Travelers on our own journeys, we pass and disappear in a blink of an eye. Here we are all away from home.
Is that where our similarities end? We may share heritage and fleeting travels, but as a foreign gyopo, I fear I wonâ€™t be able to overcome my sense of separation.
The commuters remain to me as apparitions, echoes of light and shadow on the subway walls and windows. Is it an otherness I feel inclined to understand or facets of myself? All I know is I must raise my camera â€” Click.
I am left amid reflections as trains of thought prepare to depart.
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