Joshua Hobson

  • ajashi web
    Ajashi, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • Morning Calm
     
    South Korea is known as the land of Morning Calm. This phrase likely evokes bucolic and pastoral images of the orient: misty mountains, verdant green rice fields, narrow, winding streets, and meticulously built and decorated temples hazy with incense smoke. While there is indeed calmness and tranquility to be found, in Seoul one must search for it.  I chose Seoul as the focus for this project not purely because it's was home, but also because Seoul is the modern face of South Korea and that over half of the countries total population live within the metropolitan area. Seoul has double the population density of New York City.  These facts make Seoul an ideal place to explore the human created environment. This body of work is a visual reaction to living in a crowded metropolis, a hectic, pulsating city that never stops and never rests.  In response to this environment, I actively searched for exceptions to this rule. In my photographic investigation of Seoul I sought and subsequently found solitude, stillness and quiet. For me, Morning Calm is a state of mind.

    In my photographic exploration of Seoul I was drawn to moments of calm, of solitude, and of surreal emptiness. In the face of the teeming and frenetic I sought the empty and still. Often in a city this large the residents desire for privacy and anonymity creates a feeling of loneliness and solitude. I want my imagery to express these feelings.  The scenes I have chosen to capture represent not only a physical space but also a mental one.  They are not only representations of physical places but of a desired or perceived reality.

  • brick.bench.tree web
    Oblivious Captive, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • leaky.pipe web
    Leaky Pipe, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • box.carrier web
    Box Carrier, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • absent.parking.attendant web

    Absent Attendant, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • big.buddha web
    High-rise with Buddha, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • fence.mirror.portrait web
    Mirror Self-Portrait, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • lantern.prep.1012 web
    Lantern Festival Preparation, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • white.tree web
    Bare Tree at Changgyeonggung, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • bench.shadows web
    Shadow Walkers, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • ssamzie.window web3hfa baryta copy copy
    Ssamzie Window, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • forest.frames web
    Forest Frames, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • insurance.man web
    Modern Man, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • modern.bbq web
    Mod BBQ, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • table.and.x web

    X Echo, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • shadow.corner web
    Breath and Shadow, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • waiting.lady web
    Bus Stop, Wando, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • brick.n.tile web

    Bricks and Tiles, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • hyehwa.zombies web
    Walkers, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • window.frame.selfportrait web

    Untitled (Seoul Alley), Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • potted.plants web

    Parking Lot Pepper Plot, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014
  • funeral.flowers web

    Funeral Flowers, Archival Inkjet Print, 24"x24", 2014

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