청매실농원 as Art – by Mark Eaton

I have been fortunate to have made many good friends while living and working in South Korea.  One of my cherished friends is 김희성 whose family owns and operates 청매실농원 located near Gwangyang in Jeollanam-do, South Korea.  According to 김희성, the patriarch of the family was permitted by the Japanese, who occupied Korea at the time, to move onto the land that would eventually become the base for an international enterprise.  Information about the plum farm can be found on the company website: 청매신농원, Cheong Maesil Farm

As a photographer visiting the farm, I’m always impressed with the many subjects to photograph.  What is seen on a sunny day is much different than on an overcast day.  From one visit to the next, there is something new that catches my eye.

The timelessness and sense of permanence is what impressed me during my last visit with 희성 at the farm.  The artistic approach needed to share this timelessness persuaded me to look at different techniques and processes in order to convey the mood and the feeling.  Taking a larger view, the desire and effort needed to create photographic art of a business, any business, often requires a narrowing of the visual process so as to eliminate distracting elements.

Precipice

© 2011 Mark Eaton

I have noted countless times the care with which trees are given when planted be it in a public park or, as in this case, a plum farm.

Rigid

© 2011 Mark Eaton

Those who wish to stay at the farm can rent a pension located on the grounds overlooking a valley and river.  Outside one of the pensions is where I saw the Praying Mantis, which is the subject of Predator.

Pension

© 2011 Mark Eaton

Predator

© 2011 Mark Eaton

Large pots, medium pots, small pots…the ubiquitous containers that Koreans use to ferment, cure, treat and store many types of foods.

Await

© 2011 Mark Eaton

A bamboo forest was established on the hill between the pension and the main buildings on the farm.

The Forest

© 2011 Mark Eaton

There are several springs on the farm.  This one is capped until needed some time in the future.

Capped Spring

© 2011 Mark Eaton

Endure

© 2011 Mark Eaton

Photograph that heads this submission:  The Masses

© 2011 Mark Eaton

All photographs in this article:  © Mark Eaton

I’ve been fortunate to have worked with more than a few Korean figure models and foreign figure models in South Korea.  While professional, each has collaborated with a creative and artistic flair to assist in creating something worthwhile and lasting.

Please contact me if interested in modeling and/or purchasing any of my work for private or public display.  I also do work by commission.

My photographic work can be viewed on my website: Mark Eaton Photography

I am a member of the International Artists Community, which is based in Seoul, South Korea.  See some more of my work and the work of the other artists at IAC:  International Artists Community

In addition, I’m a member of the Gwangju Artists Collective.  GAC was kind enough to create a site that features some of my work and a short profile: Mark Eaton at GAC

My email:  ingaudiopulchritudo@gmail.com

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4 Responses to “청매실농원 as Art – by Mark Eaton”
  1. I did enjoy this wonderful story of a great country that had embraced you. I love you picture “The Forest.” Keep sharing us stories like this.

  2. joshi daniel says:

    the first one is my favorite!

    • joyinbeauty says:

      Joshi, visit almost any neighborhood in South Korea and one can see these pots on rooftops and/or in yards of homes. Of course, there are people who sell these essential items and that can spark an entirely new interest.

      Thank you for commenting!

      Mark

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