BY: CHRIS BROUGHTON
I left Canada in 2015, in the middle of a blizzard. I left behind my family, dog, a budding relationship and job offers. My destination was South Korea, a country which may as well be an island. After 28 hours in transit, I arrived in Changwon where I would spend the next year of my life.
I chose to travel to South Korea to pursue my passion for photography and spent the next year taking my camera everywhere I went, capturing the new world around me. For money I taught English during the afternoon and evening to children. My photographic pursuits quickly fell into a steady routine of wandering the streets, and trying to document a complete picture of life in Korea; the good, the bad, and the in-between.
All of these photos are taken candidly, and I do not know the individuals beyond the moments shared in the lens. I studied history during university, and believe that photography plays a key role in how we interpret our past. These photos are an attempt to document a year in Korea, from an outside perspective.
A young Korean walks towards Sangnamdong, a district in central Changwon.
Two young men sit outside a corner store smoking cigarettes together.A vendor at the market selling vegetables.
A young woman gets on her Nubija bicycle, which are available all over the city for a small monthly fee.
Collecting cardboard is one way for the elderly to make money in Korea if they don’t have enough family support. This is a common sight on the streets everywhere.
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