South Korean Elders

by Ben Mckechnie November. 17, 2016 1702 views


Weekly theme #15 is Candid Portraits. People are my favorite subjects to photograph, so I'm especially looking forward to seeing all the submissions this week. Below I'm sharing one of my own candid shots I took earlier this year.

As the elderly lady in white and pink hopped about nimbly, dancing to traditional music, I told her that she looked pretty in her dress. However, I made the grave error of conjugating the adjective into the less respectful form, making a pleasant compliment to a senior citizen sound like a cheap chat up line. For this, I received a sharp slap on the arm. Respect for elders runs deep in Korean society. They are always right, even when they’re wrong.

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Juhász Imre 2 years, 12 months ago

Beautiful portrait!

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Daris Pro 3 years ago

Wow,i cannot stop looking your subject,specially the old women..

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Glo B 3 years ago

Haha! too funny! Although, it's incredible to see such ornate and colourful clothes! In a world where skinny jeans are the norm, it's quite pleasing to see that there are still people in the world who still dress with such grace and elegance! You've captured them beautifully...thanks for sharing :)

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Maxilens 3 years ago

Wonderful portrait and funnu story !

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Yokai - 3 years ago

Chima jeogori the woman wearing is beautiful indeed! Wonderful double portrait and an interesting story as well.

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Ben Mckechnie Replied to Yokai - 3 years ago

Thanks, Yokai! Have you taken a trip to Korea before?

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Jay Boggess 3 years ago

Wonderful! Interesting costumes....

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Antonio Gil 3 years ago

Their traditional costumes are so beautiful.

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