I was sorting out the files in my computer and discovered some of my modelling photos taken this early summer. These series of photos are definitely one of my favourites this year. We were blessed to have everything one could hope for a perfect outdoor shoot: Interesting location, nice weather, a good-hair-day, a gifted photographer, and a model on hyper-mood. For the past few days, I have been editing the photos, hoping to publish these out before the 2015 summer comes to the real end.
Talking about the location, there are four main areas that are spectacularly photographic if you’re all up for portrait photography: The Pool, The Greens, and The Bath House. If you ever wondered, it is an abandoned swimming complex tucked away in the mountains where the prestigious Seoul National University is located. Never before have I imagined the existence of such place in my Alma Mater — a place with a high concentration of the country’s most promising elite
nerds students, hence probably one of the most boring campus in the country.
The pool is one of my favourites out of all three major areas. It is also popular among fashion photographers and movie makers. The place feels different depending on season and weather. And I certainly love how the summer green and sunshine yellow wash over the place.
There’s nothing more summery than the succulent greeneries in the forest. It was an early summer and the wildflowers were blooming. I picked the yellow wild flowers somewhere near the pool and made myself a fresh flower wreath. It was totally spontaneous, but the outcome was so organic and rustic and I love them! I think it matches well with my white sundress.
The Bath House
The bath house is located right below the pool — a very old-fashioned design. You can still see the remains of the shower cubicles, a hot spring pool, snack and drinks kiosks. Over the years, the place has turned from an abandoned swimming complex into a popular art/photography studio due to its quirky settings. Well loved by the art majors, fashion corporates, and entertainment companies, it appeared on many school assignments, fashion commercials, and even pop music MVs.
The place is truly one-of-its-kind due to its rustic charm of olden days. I don’t know when exactly did the pool went abandoned. But it stayed frozen in time. The remains of the pool are like a relic of a bygone age, mysterious and sometimes intimidating. I wouldn’t recommend to the faint-hearted, but I would say this location has so much to offer it is worth your trip down.
Also, I am taking in modelling/styling assignment for the time being. Although I am admittedly a modelling & styling novice, I am open to learn new things. So if you share the same passion, you may contact me, and we’ll see how we can collaborate.
- Take Seoul subway line no.2 and alight at Seoul National University Station, take exit no. 3.
- At the subway exit, walk to the direction of Paris Baguette. Walk pass Mc Donalds until you reach a 7-11, then locate bustop 5511 (See the photos below to navigate.)
- Take the bus, and alight at SNU Genetic Engineering Research Center. Semiconductor Research Center 유전공학연구소.반도체공동연구소.
- You’ll see the below building after arriving at the research center bus stop. Take the mountain trail at the left-hand side of the building. It will bring you to the abandoned swimming pool after some 5-10 minutes of hiking.
Reminder: Once again I wish to gently remind any unauthorized use of my portraits is prohibited. None of these pictures above may be reused in any form or by any means, without written permission from the photographers/ owner of the portrait. I am committed to protecting my intellectual property and will aggressively enforce my rights to the fullest extent of the law.
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