I viewed the work in the form of '관조, Gwan Jo" (that means 1. Observing objects or phenomenon with calm mind, 2. Awareness beauty directly) and carried out the process of capturing so that the world, the beauty of objects as well their meaning could be realized. The act of incessantly waiting for and accepting the process that reveals the true meaning of the object and its beauty — This is the most adequate way of thinking about time and space, a way which the medium of photography can work through. Though they may be the anonymous people who the city has produced and who live gasping for breath within the city, they clearly create memories, undergoing the process of turning those memories into recollections, and come to cherish time, which is another reiteration of age. The scenery that is revealed in my pictures are the results of ‘관조, Gwan Jo’ on a space that has provided the reiteration of memory and time which belong to all of those people. As a photographer and as the power of photography, are the pictures obtained by contemplating amongst space, time, and object beautiful? Is it solely for just one individual? If not, to have it as beauty that may be granted to the people living in the world of every reiteration is to share the very joyful photographic mirth of '관조, Gwan Jo".
Sometimes ago, I sometimes feeling one’s trace that one left. I have seen and felt the trace that people leave to the world. For this reason, I really wanted to take traces that someone was remaining. In a city where countless people breathlessly move with many stories and purposes, I sometimes reflect on stories and their meanings, which they have left in their paths. Although they only passed a place for a short moment, I believe that people always leave their traces in the world. For example, just like when something with a scent has passed by, the scent still remains in that place…
In my photographs, which were shot in such a way, their flow, light and space are expressed. I think that there is no cause for a problem by not having the clarity and lucidity in what I have set out to express. It is because although everything is not shown in it, it is a fact that they were there, and it is also the very power of invisible matters. I believe that every people have a something to leave like a scent. I have felt and seen. Also, I have tried to take it. Even though, it sometimes, can be shown and vague but one obvious thing is that one existence was there. It is trace I think.
I have begun the work of viewing such remaining traces. Amazingly, all those people passing by, laughing, crying, furious, and expressionless were in touch with the spaces they went by. It might have been a single picture among the numerous scenic photographs or it might have been simply a scene of a tourist passing through the city. Nevertheless, let's '관조, Gwan Jo’ the true meaning, not the image of a moment. We commonly call the process of fulfilling that unrealized meaning 'art'.