Korean photographer Kim Honghee’s black and white images invite viewers to introspect

Kim Honghee’s assortment of images, The Inward Eye, is now accessible for viewing on-line and captures empty temple precincts throughout Korea

“In silence, there ripples sound

In stillness, motion”

These phrases would greatest clarify what Korean photographer Kim Honghee’s work makes an attempt to seize. More than footage of panorama, his black and white frames are meditations: a trial and invitation to introspect. In one body, he freezes a second outdoors an empty hermitage that stands towards the backdrop of a spread of mountains, magnanimous but quiet. A group of such images of Honghee kind The Inward Eye, a digital video show offered by Chennai-based InKo Centre. Honghee’s fashion of marrying spirituality along with his ability in images, offers rise to some calming images, and requires reflection.

Honghee’s tryst with temples in Korea began three a long time in the past, when he was writing for a newspaper. He recollects, “About 30 years ago, I visited temples across Korea. I wanted to visit them again. I was a young man then and now, I am an old man over 60 years old. However, through photographing this series I realised that I am still a young man who keeps wandering spiritually.” Silence and inside peace appear to be Honghee’s preoccupation when it comes to images. According to him, peace comes from compassion, and his images too displays that very sentiment.

One of the images from ‘The Inward Eye’
| Photo Credit:
Kim Honghee

Is there a motive behind why he has chosen black and white to inform his tales? Yes, in accordance to Honghee, colors hinder one from approaching the essence. “Black and white consists of masses that lets one reach the essence of what one wants to say. The essence here, being silence, peace and compassion towards all things.” The photographer additionally performs loads with gentle, or slightly shadows. “The brighter the light, the darker the shadow. This is a fundamental concept of life itself. I’ve played not only with light but also shadow, the opposite. After all, they have the same origin.”

In this specific sequence, Honghee attracts consideration to the precinct surrounding a temple, extra particularly, to the hermitages the place monks reside. A hermitage, in his phrases, is “the minds of the temple”. Empty areas appear to be in focus. But, ‘empty’, in Honghee’s dictionary additionally means ‘fullness’. When requested about why he selected to doc empty areas, he says, “I want to ask you if I really did photograph empty spaces.”

The Inward Eye is obtainable for viewing in InKo Centre’s YouTube channel

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