“While I’m being photographed, I shouldn’t smile or talk. When I put on this costume, I turn into someone from the Joseon dynasty. However, sometimes I get through embarrassing moments, like when I see that foreign travelers are happy when they take a picture with me, I end up smiling unwittingly.”

“저는 사진 찍힐 때 웃으면 안 돼요. 말도 하면 안 되구요. 이 옷을 입는 순간 조선시대 사람이 되는 거라서요. 그런데 좀 곤란할 때가 있어요. 외국인들이 저랑 사진 찍으면서 기뻐하는 모습을 보면 저도 모르게 웃게 되거든요.”

I didn’t actually plan to visit the Taj Mahal. I didn’t have the time.. but since I had lost my gopro on the way to Dehli, I all of a sudden had time, because I was not shooting much footage without that camera..

So I went to the Taj Mahal in Agra the next day. Knowing that I won’t take many photos of the building itself. I preferred to let it just amaze me in real - no need or chance to try to capture this feeling.

Because I had to leave my bag with the driver, I only brought two rolls. One colour, one black and white. So I had sixteen photos in total to shoot. 8 chances for a good colour frame and 8 for a black and white one.

I walked through the south gate and all of a sudden these two women showed up. They were walking slowly downstairs, right ti the Taj Mahal.

Having black and white loaded, I decided to go for it and follow the two women. By feeling I took one first frame, when the Building appeared nicely above them. I took another and though that was it and then a couple of men in white appeared… So I even took a third one, knowing it was worth it to shoot 3 of 8 frames for just “one” shot.

Well - that’s the story.

Fuji GSW690II, Fuji Acros.


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