“I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.” - Nikos Kazantzakis
Soomin and I used to work for the same newspaper in Seoul at different times; we've read each other's bylines and perhaps that was about it. Life is a funny thing. It's funny how and where it leads us to - like my relationship with Soomin and her family. We didn't know much about each other before, yet immediately connected when she visited Los Angeles with her husband, who is a journalist in New York, and their omg-too-cute-I-could-squeeze-him-all-day son.
As spending some high-quality time with her family, I've realized that the stories of those I photograph make me more aware of my own place in life, my own path, and my own joy. I meet so many amazing spirits and see how they're experiencing this wonderful world, and I think about where I am and where I want to and will be in this day-to-day strangeness of it all. I'm constantly inspired by what I'm surrounded and feel so grateful.