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Korea color #Jeju #SouthKorea .

Korea Color

Korea color #Jeju #SouthKorea .

Changing planes, JFK

Changing planes JFK. Random walk through. Like every other photographer bored at the airport we shoot whatever is around. I am anxious to get home today after an incredibly rewarding month in Korea. Already missing my Korean diet and friends. Mostly I am trying to remember where I parked my truck at my home airport. Can’t find the keys either. All my travel experience doesn’t seem to do me much good!!

Mr. Hyun

I had the pleasure of lunch today with Korean novelist, poet, and professor of literature Kil-Un Hyun. Mr. Hyun is doing the text for my upcoming book on the Haenyeo of Jeju Island where he was born and lived for 46 years. Hyun was kind enough to come by and look at my photographs today in Seoul to get a feel for what he may write. I am honored. #SouthKorea #Haenyeo #Jeju

Many Thanks


My photographing in Korea is over. I want to give very special humble thank you to all the Haenyeo I came to admire for their resilience, free spirit, sense of humor, and warmth. These women divers showed me a whole new world. Bobbing around out there in the frigid Pacific on their little foam floats and then kicking down without oxygen tanks to pick up a few abalone off the ocean floor was simply something to witness. Most of these women have been doing this for 50 years or more. A tradition in its final years . Many thanks ladies. You are the bestest#Haenyeo #SouthKorea #Jeju

Korea Team


I want to thank my Korea team for their dedication and incredible work for the Haenyeo project. Miju, Mr Lee, Mr Taek and I worked hard all day and will work all day tomorrow to choose and sequence the pictures I have been shooting the last three weeks on Jeju Island for a book to be published in February commissioned by the Jeju Island Arts Council. A world traveling exhibition will follow. Wishing our paths will cross again

Harbor Cat


Harbor cat Jeju Island, #SouthKorea. Every harbor has one.. Or ten! I can’t finish up this Korea essay without a cat shot. #Haenyeo #Jeju


No sooner had the group of Haenyeo I was diving with entered the water when one of them snatched an octopus from its hiding place under a rock. This bilaterally symmetric mollusk sure isn’t the most beautiful creature on our planet, but at $25. per and the possibility of getting 5-10 in a day along with sea urchins and abalone literally puts food on the table for their families. The octopus is often in the shallow waters here on Jeju Island. I have eaten octopus every day here either steamed or boiled. Fresh seafood every day has me totally spoiled. #Jeju #SouthKorea #Haenyeo

Last Minute Prep



Women shellfish divers do last minute prep on a rocky ledge just before entering the frigid waters on Jeju Island, S Korea. I went in first so I could see things from their view. I am a sandy beach guy and rocky water entries extremely difficult in strong currents. However, It’s just another day for these 60-80 yr old women who have been doing this since their early teens.#Jeju #Haenyeo #SouthKorea

A lone Haenyeo


Kimnyeong village Jeju Island. A lone Haenyeo on her own waits for a boat to pick her up. I finish tomorrow my essay here in South Korea. This project on the women free divers is nothing but inspirational. I am in gratitude for their hospitality and warmth. In the background here are electric power windmills. Mixing tradition with a new age. Two more pictures to post here and I am done. All here on Instagram? Absolutely not. Just a preview to what I hope will be a nice book and tribute to these strong women. #SouthKorea #Haenyeo #Jeju

Fin Kick


One swim fin kick and a Haenyeo heads for the bottom. I am now starting to get into the water with these women free divers. In water and underwater photography is not my thing, yet I just cannot finish this essay without a few symbolic water shots. So with a too tight wetsuit, mask, and fins down I will go into the rocky depths with the mother & daughter from yesterday’s Instagram. I will use a scuba tank so I can stay down awhile and attempt what I generally leave for my underwater expert buddies at NatGeo to do. The ladies will be after octopus and abalone. I will mostly be in survival mode and trying to get a meaningful picture at the same time. That’s often the photographers life. I know I am in good hands.#SouthKorea #Haenyeo #Jeju

Mother and Daughter


Mother and daughter free diving Haenyeo team. Kisoon Kim,65, gets an affectionate kiss from her daughter Kyungyok Kang, 35, who is by far the youngest Haenyeo I have come across. Mom has been diving for 50 years and daughter only 4. Kyungyok moved with her husband and 3 sons back to Jeju Island after living in Busan where she worked and was married. She came back to Jeju for a quieter simpler lifestyle to raise her sons and follow in her mother’s steps. I will go in the water with these women when they resume diving in a few days. I think I will be in good hands. #SouthKorea #Haenyeo #Jeju


Early morning carrot pickers gather around a bonfire to take off the chill from high winds and rain.These are the same Haenyeo women divers who when taking a diving break become farmers. The rich volcanic soil grows incredible sweet carrots and potatoes. I wish I could stay on the organic diet I have here of fresh veggies and shellfish. #SouthKorea #Haenyeo

Taesoon Kung, 74

Jeju Island #SouthKorea. Tourism has come to Jeju in a big way in recent years with mostly Korean and Chinese tourists often mixing with the Haenyeo women shellfish divers. Here Taesoon Kung, 74, doesn’t dive much anymore but will prepare you an amazing lunch of fresh out of the sea abalone , urchin and squid . A shot of soju to wash it down and I promise you a delight not equalled. Nope this is not a restaurant. Simply the Haenyeo hang spot. Not advertised nor promoted. You just gotta know. #Haenyeo

Jeju Island, South Korea

Chunsong Kang, 84

84 year old Chunsong Kang came out of the water this afternoon after 5 hours of scrambling 15 feet under water in a free dive in strong currents searching for abalone along the often treacherous rocky Korean coast. Jeju Island, long known for #women #wind, and #stones, has an austere beauty of landscape and people.

Group Shot shots. Who doesn’t take them? Who isn’t in them? We know they are never “good pictures” yet we often treasure them above all else. I will certainly keep this. A small group of Haenyeo from Udo island who were so kind to me. I did drink too much soju at lunch but here in Korea “too much” is expected for the respected. #Haenyeo #SouthKorea