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Seoul Stopover

On December 20, 2013
By Connie
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The long haul flight over the Pacific is never an easy stroll through the park.  This year we decided to make a short stopover in South Korea on our way to Toronto.

Visiting Mount Namsan was definitely a cultural experience.  Aside from the typical amazing views most major cities make accessible in order to attract hoards of tourists every year, this particular tourist attraction was also geared specifically at couples.  Named Kiss Kiss Paradise (what?!?), the viewing platforms had been advertised as THE place for couples to pronounce their unending love by symbolically attaching a personally decorated lock to the wall of lovers’ padlocks.

There were countless locks of all shapes and colours.  Animal shapes and the random phone covers were particular standouts but not uncommon. Not wanting to miss a deep cultural experience, we promptly bought our own little green lock from the conveniently placed gift shop.  Can you spot our special little green lock?  I drew the panda myself.

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About Connie

I was that geeky camera chick who spent her high school lunch breaks in the darkroom.  I still miss the smell of those stinky developer chemicals.  Sort of.

Born in Canada, I graduated with top honours in Applied Photography at Sheridan College before spending several years assisting and producing for  some of the best commercial shooters in Toronto.  After gathering a wealth of valuable skills and getting my first DSLR, I bought a plane ticket to Asia.

It was my first backpacking adventure, but I managed to survive nine months from Seoul to Singapore with only some shoddy mandarin and a lot of luck.  I had the time of my life. So I did it again.  Seven months of zig-zagging around India and Nepal taught me ingenuity with limited resources, clarity when surrounded in chaos, and how to eat with just my right hand.

Sydney became my new home in 2008, and I’ve been enjoying the sunny weather and great coffee ever since.

Today, I’m a fashion and product photographer extraordinaire.  Based at Studio 8 in the northern beaches of Sydney, I relish the challenge and precision of studio lighting.  My clients are drawn to my clean, stripped back approach to every project.  My simplistic yet direct style is refreshing and elegant in a market full of heavily Photoshopped images.

When I’m not in the studio you can find me hand folding dumplings or scaling walls at the rock climbing gym.  I’m also really good at winning board games (or my friends are just really good at losing).

 

Accolades

Finalist – Shoot The Chef 2013
Top 5 – Australia’s Emerging Travel Photographers of 2010 – Capture Magazine
Winner – Best Marketing Imagery Award 2010 – New Mardi Gras
Semi-finalist – Shutterbug Awards 2010 – Shutterbug
Short-listed – Travel Photographer of the Year 2009 – TPOTY
Finalist – Cultural Explorers 2009 – STA Travel
Winner – World in Focus 2007 – Photo District News
Top Emerging Photographers of 2007 – Photo Life Magazine

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