Private Spaces I


In Korea, most people live with their families until they are married. Yet Koreans don't discuss whom they're dating with their parents, and introducing someone to your parents means you intend to marry them. This leads to love motels and DVD Rooms and other places where couples can be alone and amorous. It also means that couples tend to make private spaces out of public places. It's not the same as couples being newly in love with each other, starry-eyed and clueless. They behave as they should, but they actively pretend that nobody else can see them, either. It's acting unaware, choosing not to see who sees you. I took many photos of this couple because they were quite close to me, but purposefully didn't see me.

Further, I liked the juxtaposition of the young couple facing each other, seeing each other, with the older couple sitting back to back.

ISO 200, f/stop 5.6, shutter 1/100.

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