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Night Photography by Flitworth

April 9th, 2008 9:15 AM / Location: 37.557642,126.95251

INSTRUCTIONS: Explore your neighborhood in deepest, darkest night.

Share photographs and other impressions of your exploration.

When I imagine what qualifies as "deepest, darkest night" I think of empty streets and a weighty absence of life. My neighborhood is active much of the night. I have walked or stumbled through it at most hours and it is never entirely quiet. Except on the mountain. Nowon is a very urban area, on the northern edge of Seoul, that is leaning up against mountains. On one side of my apartment I can see dozens of identical apartment buildings and on the other "my" mountain, which is now partially obscured by a mega-church.

A favorite activity of mine is patrolling areas wherever I live. I tend to walk for hours pondering the love lives of superheroes and attempting to parallel my own existence to theirs. This allows me to come up with an explanation for my romantic failings that is rather more awesome than reality whilst inspecting the neighbor's garbage.

Below is video of the first snow of winter in my neighborhood followed by pictures of the last. I included the video largely for context and because I found watching the kids play in the snow enjoyable. The first snow was on November 19th, 2007 and the video taken around 9:30pm. The last snow was at the very end of February 2008 and the photos taken at 11:30pm. The next set is from the mountain, taken on March 26th, 2008 at 1:30am. The final set was taken at 1:30am on April 8th.

I wanted to put together a cross-section of the night here. Those of us who have been able have been inclined to include snow pictures because, well, snow is beautiful. I was very pleased with many of my snow pictures but the snowy wonderland is not representative. Right now it appears to be furniture season and the dumping areas around all my buildings are sprouting old furniture. Dumpster diving in my neighborhood is the most convenient I have ever experienced. On recycling day all manner of abandoned items can be found piled outside our buildings. Our soviet-style buildings house large numbers of families so there is always a fabulous choice of desks, chairs, tables, and home decor to peruse.

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March 1: 11:30pm: Silhouette
March 1: 11:30 pm: Playground
March 1: 11:30 pm: The Park
March 1: 11:30 pm: Nationalism
March 1: 11:30 pm: Neon Nightmare
March 1: 11:30 pm: Good Eats
March 1: 11:30 pm: So Ronery
March 1: 11:30 pm: Watching Their Stories
March 1: 11:30 pm: Water Tower
March 1: 11:30 pm: Snowy Trees
March 26: 1:30 am: The Mountain
March 26:1:30 am:Naked Trees
March 26: 1:30 am: The Path
March 26: 1:30 am: The City
March 26: 1:30 am: Fence
March 26: 1:30 am: More Distance
March 26: 1:30 am: Lifeless Park
March 26: 1:30 am: Megachurch
March 26:1:30 am: Stairs
March 26: 1:30 am: Xmas Lights
April 9: 1:30 am: Sidewalk
April 9: 1:30 am: Sprung!
April 9: 1:30 am: Trees
April 9: 1:30 am: Lights
April 9: 1:30 am: Elections
April 9: 1:30 am: Closed Shop
April 9: 1:30 am: Last Call
April 9: 1:30 am: Sexy Panty
April 9: 1:30 am: Free Furniture
April 9: 1:30 am: Ottoman

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posted by Sparrows Fall on April 9th, 2008 9:40 AM

After he passed I stepped up to reach the ladder and the guard came back so I tried to look extremely dumb and as though my only interest in life was standing on top of ottomans that just happened to be under ladders while possessing no intent whatsoever to illegally climb any buildings that might be directly behind me. At all. And then a cab dropped off more witnesses and the guard made another swoop *with a friend* and I lost our battle of Disinterest Chicken and went home.

:: loves ::

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posted by The Animus on April 9th, 2008 2:12 PM

Love the shots of the city lights. And the concept of Disinterest Chicken.

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posted by Tøm on April 9th, 2008 2:15 PM

This photo caught my eye:

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Disinterest chicken, hehe!

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posted by rongo rongo on April 10th, 2008 9:44 AM

I agree that it probably is best to look nonchalant when standing on an ottoman under a ladder. Nice.

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posted by Bex. on April 26th, 2008 6:20 AM

A favorite activity of mine is patrolling areas wherever I live. I tend to walk for hours pondering the love lives of superheroes and attempting to parallel my own existence to theirs. This allows me to come up with an explanation for my romantic failings that is rather more awesome than reality whilst inspecting the neighbor's garbage.


A very good passtime, I can vouch, which, it turns out, must be more common than I thought...

Lovely writing.

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posted by susy derkins on June 15th, 2008 9:25 PM

Ah, scrumptious in so many ways! Mindtravelfoodpoetryhumorlongingbittersweetnessgoosebump-ly. And a video for dessert.

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posted by meredithian on June 16th, 2008 3:07 PM

your night photography is fairly stunning. i hope you find yourself revved up for tasking again soon.