My short essay and photos featured in the November 2016 issue of NYLON Korea Magazine

I am so grateful to be featured in the November 2016 issue of NYLON (i.e., NY + LONdon) Korea fashion magazine. My short essay and photos will be a part of featuring 5 different global cities (Paris, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, London) with each having a unique perspective. Of course, my part is for New York.

Please take a look at the captured pages below for now. Once I receive a printed magazine, I will update this post.

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Take-out red boxes

On my way home, I noticed this beautiful lady holding so many take-out red boxes in the subway. First off, I’ve never seen so many boxes handheld without a plastic bag. On top of that, the red color? So I wanted to take a photo of that candid moment.

But all of a sudden, she turned around to me and noticed my Fujifilm X100T camera and then asked if it was a film camera. I told her that my camera was a digital, but how to operate it is based on the very old fashioned way. At that moment of the conversation, I already knew taking a candid shot was impossible, but I still wanted to take a shot. So I politely asked if I could take a photo of her holding all those red boxes. She said yes and posed like this with a beautiful big smile.

Even if I failed to take a candid one, I am still so happy with the photograph not because of the photo itself, but because of her generosity and kindness, which was conveyed in the photo.


I can’t believe that it has been 15 years since 9/11 attack happened to this beautiful city. Although I really wanted to go out to document some of unfolding events on the streets, I am not planning to go out today because I am not feeling well. But this is the least thing I can do to remember what happened to this beautiful city fifteen years ago. It is a repost of image that I took a year ago from Brooklyn Bridge Park on 9/11, 2015.

Cityscape: Astoria, Queens

The photograph was shot from subway N running on 31st street in Astoria, Queens when I was on my way home. As you may know, I rarely take a photograph of cityscape unless it really fascinates me. However, today was one of those rare moments that enticed me to take it. Mother Nature always surprises me in a way that I’ve never imagined. 

The way you see is more important than what you see.

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

Elliott Erwitt

News: My interview with FujiLove Magazine

Recently I had a chance to have an interview with an editor Tomasz Trzebiatowski who is a founder of FujiLove community. Tomasz is an official Fujifilm X photographer and also created FujiLove magazine which is the #1 publication for passionate Fujifilm X Series photographers from around the globe. 

The conversation that I had with him is published in the September of 2016 issue of the magazine. It is available to purchase online and download immediately as a pdf format at the price of a cup of coffee.

The conversation focuses primarily on my passion for street photography and what it means to me. Not only that, there are many articles (150+ pages) from greater X-photographers that would inspire you as a photographer regardless of which gear you use.

I hope you take a look at it and enjoy the reading.