How to Draw a Line

Argus Paul Estabrook

2019 - Ongoing

"How to Draw a Line" explores the border towns directly south of the DMZ. As a biracial Korean-American and as someone who has lived in one of these towns in the past, I felt a personal connection to this space caught between two worlds — where military camps, secluded villages, and tourist attractions all coexist while separating the North and South still officially at war.

My memories guided and motivated me to revisit the area. During the Fall of 2019, I trekked multiple times between the northeast and northwest coasts of South Korea. While the routes can be drawn as literal lines on a map, the images draw a conceptual "photographic line" that traces the overall journey. Throughout these travels, I witnessed a liminal existence: subdued yet expressive, in spaces simultaneously active and still. The camera captures the subtle surreality of these isolated areas, offering an unexpected yet often overlooked view into Korean life.

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  • Photo Stand-In at Yeonpyeong Island in Ongjin-gun, Incheon

  • Food Stall in Sintan-ri, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do

  • Apartment Complexes in Wontong-ri, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do

  • Child sleeping in Yanggu-eup, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do

  • Video Game Arcade at Yanggu-eup in Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do

  • Photo Strip Booth in Sanyang-ri, Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do

  • Police at Daegwang-ri Railway Station in Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do

  • Public Bus Leaving Sintan-ri, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do

  • Shaman Cloth Tied to a Dangsan Tree at Yeonpyeong Island, Ongjin-gun, Incheon

  • Custodian at Yanggu Bus Terminal in Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do

  • Dongmak-ri Community Center in Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do

  • Park Benches at Goseokjeong Land, Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do

  • Man Waiting at Sintan-ri Railway Station, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do

  • Alleyway in Downtown Ganseong-eup, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do

  • Sampo Beach at Night in Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do