Life Imitates Fantasy Art

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A rare perspective of Haeundae in Busan, where photographers usually focus on the often million plus people on the beach rather than all the rapid construction at its Southern end towards Gwanganli.

Indeed, probably the most affluent area of the city at the moment, as you can see as many tall apartment buildings seem to be getting crammed in there as possible. The newest ones especially loom so high over the beach that they seem to be almost overhanging it.

So much so in fact, that the very first thing the photo reminded me of was this concept art by Dutch artist Jesse Van Dijk:

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Concept art of what exactly? Probably the last thing you’d expect(!), and with 350,000 visitors to his site in 3 months because of it, you won’t be alone in being intrigued by it: see interviews at Max3D and Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews for more information, and on his work in general.

Update – If you’d like to see the area in more detail, here are some stunning images of it from last March by photographer Kim Jae-ha:

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Judging by his website, unfortunately Kim no longer seems to be active. But he has changed the attribution license on his photos  since I last checked at least, so feel free to share them!

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Fade to White

Recently waking up to find the family camera in the kitchen sink and full of pictures of the ceiling, 2 year-old Elizabeth’s feet, and my wife and I sleeping naked in bed…then I’ve wisely decided to hide it from 4 year-old Alice in future. And what better place than the computer bag I take with me everywhere?

Unfortunately though, this subsequent attempt at my own photos on Sunday was taken in between chasing after both daughters, which gave me no time to change the camera settings. Still, I do love the juxtaposition, and I only wish that I’d stood a little closer to make it clearer, for the woman probably has the most dejected, doleful expression I’ve seen in my entire life:

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Seriously, is anyone else also feeling sorry for her now?

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