May is complete madness. Every year it seems that I try to cram a decade's worth of crap into a single month. What it seems like I don't do in May is spend a lot of time with my wife Laura. Perhaps I feel that I can wait on the quality time with the wife, push it back to June when we begin our summer together without the pressures of work or a social calendar.
Time with the wife is important, even if it is May. But what I am going to do? Not shoot? Being a guy who likes to have his cake and eat it too, I decided that there was only one solution, shoot with Laura.
But quality time with Laura wasn't enough. I am also trying to cultivate a bromance with fellow photographer Dylan Goldby. So, what seemed to be a date night with my wife simply turned into a four-way with an Australian photographer and an inanimate object (Canon EOS 6d).
Nothing says romance (or bromance for that matter) like an urban ghost town. Behind Guemho station lays a desolate, bleak scene. Cormac McCarthy could have very well walked through this urban glass field and gained his inspiration for The Road. Twisted metal stretching upwards, rusted tin stoves, calendars bearing eviction dates, playing cards, magazines, golf clubs and baby cribs remain. Basically, Guemho is more romantic than Venice.
So, if you are a Seoulite looking for a hot date in May, take your gal (and another dude) for a tetanus filled rubble romp. It is sure not to disappoint.
What I learned from this unusual date?
1) Collaborating with other photographers is grand.
2) A little broken glass shouldn't stop you from entering a building.
3) Abandoned structures are indeed the best places to shoot..
4) My wife is the prettiest woman in the world.
Who Is Andrew Faulk?
With over a decade of experience in living and working in Asia, Tokyo photographer Andrew Faulk specializes in portrait, editorial, event, and commercial photography assignments. He works with individuals, families, publications, and corporations to create timeless images under any deadline. His work is frequently featured in a variety of international travel and lifestyle publications. He is a husband, father, and lover of fried food. Get in touch with Andy today to discuss your photography needs in Tokyo, throughout Japan, or beyond.