Published on 16th October 2018

The Korea Project (working title)

  • "Women are flowers". A portrait of my Mother with the Korean national flower, Hibiscus syriacus

  • Abandoned hanok home in Gangwon-do province which borders North Korea

  • My grandparents on their wedding day

  • The Hantan River, known as 'grief' river, which flows from North Korea via its tributary the Imjin river. The site of many bloody battles during the Korean War and it is said that North Korean bodies have sometimes been fished out of the waters here

  • UN soldiers attend a ceremony at Seoul National Cemetery, 1969. My father is the first on the left.

  • My mother in her Korean Airlines uniform before a shift.

  • My mother, on the left, appears in a Korea Times article in February 1970. She was on standby for a shift on flight KAL YS-11 which was hijacked and flown to North Korea. A number of her colleagues never returned.

  • A view across Pyongyang, 2014

  • A view across the heavily fortified Han river towards North Korea, DMZ.

  • Young soldiers on leave from the 6th Battalion in the DMZ, have their portrait taken. Military service is compulsory for all South Korean men.

  • My parents on their wedding day, 1970.

  • Passport photo of me, my sister and my mother, 1975

  • My uncle, a career South Korean diplomat, in his office, Seoul, 2011

  • Suburban sprawl in outer-Seoul, 2014.

  • My hairdresser, Michelle with her dog Roy. Michelle emigrated with her two children from Korea and arrived in Australia on a skilled visa scheme known as 'visa subclass 457'. She is a single mother and runs her own business.

  • Steven and Melissa: Melissa is the President of the Korean Inter-Marriage Women's Association, Canberra Chapter, (aka KIMWA), an international social club for Korean women married to foreign men.

  • A young couple in Seoul visit the National Folk Museum where they dress up in clothing worn during Japanese occupation. Performing history seems to be a favourite leisure activity amongst young Koreans.

  • Shin Gi-rye (88 years old), resident of Yangji-ri village in the Civil Control Zone of the DMZ, has clear memories of the war but doesn't remember the North Koreans in a positive light. She still doesn't trust them. She says that if re-unification happens it will be good for young people. But it doesn’t matter to old people like her. She just hopes that life will get easier for them than it was for her.

  • From my father's archive, a rural scene in South Korea, 1970.

  • The Seaman's Club in Chongjin, North Korea, 2014

The Korea Project (working title)


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