Hanjo Soh was born in South Korea. He’s a husband and a father of two children. Posting pictures on Instagram became his hobby and he has been posting some of the shots taken during the family trips for years. More and more people followed him and come to see his photos.
That’s when his passion for photography started. Hanjo wishes he could spend more time on shooting, but as an amateur photographer with a family, it is very difficult. In that reason, most of the pictures are taken during the family trips. He works in the banking industry and he has been dispatched to London office recently, where he works for long hours every day. Therefore, it has become more difficult to have time for shooting. He’s trying to balance work and life and hope to create interesting images of London and European countries. Now Hanjo is having a break posting on Instagram, but soon he will be back again. You can find him @bfeffect.
This shot was taken in a hot summer evening. I captured my family to a riverside park of Han River. We were enjoying the nice weather. It was when we were preparing to go back home that I found the declining sun painting on the sky. (Han River, Seoul, Korea)
Hello Hanjo, thank you for being here and sharing your experience.
How and when your passion for photography started?
There has always been a passion for photography from my childhood, when I saw for the first time the camera that my father had bought. But what have sparked my enthusiasm was the mobile photography environment – the advent of smartphone as a handy camera and social network services, like Instagram as a personal gallery. More precisely, it was when many people started to come and see my photography in Instagram that my passion for mobile photography begun.
In Seoul Air Show, the parachute team members jumped off a plane and were gliding with smoke. After they landed, the sky looked as if there were a jet fighter battle on the sky.
Do you have a favourite subject?
Basically, everything I see in everyday life is the subject – family, urban street, travel, nature, architecture, etc. I take pictures on various subjects, but mostly the photos I share with Instagram or Facebook are about nature and landscapes taken while traveling.
I went up to the rooftop of the hotel which hosted us for a summer holiday. The view of the mountains in Kangwon province was quite beautiful, but it was raining and I could not catch the beautiful mountain view from the top. I was so disappointed and lower my head, saying to myself “Oh my God, where’s the view I can catch with my camera?” At the moment I found the small, crystal clear droplets on the rubber sealing on the floor. It was the chance to test my Olloclip macro lenses. (Kenshington Hotel, Kangwon, South Korea)
What device do you use?
I use an iPhone 6 mainly, but sometimes I use my DSLR camera.
How do you post produce your photos? What is your favourite app, if you have any?
Every photo needs different processes. In some shots I emphasise the contrast, in others I vitalise the details in the highlights or shadows. But in most cases, I begin the post production with rotating and cropping the photo. My favorite apps are Snapseed and VSCO. Snapseed is a very powerful app although it’s free. VSCO allows you to apply pre setup filters to your photos. I prefer Snapseed for a general post production and for a detailed fine tuning. VSCO is usually used when I need to change the tone of my work for better results. These days, the basic photo app in iOS and OS X is quite nice for management and post producing.
I was playing with my kids on a mudflat. My wife walked a few step away from us and took a picture of us. I also press the shutter button of my iPhone to catch her photographing my kids and me.
Everyday life moments seem to inspire your photography. Would you say that?
Yes, every moment of life and everything I see inspire my photography. This is because I believe there is beauty around us, everywhere, in everything and everyone. And I tend to see things differently and find beauty in ordinary people, places and things. I consider photography a way of interpreting what I have seen and expressing the beauty I have found. This is what photography means to me.
How would you describe yourself as photographer?
I am an amateur photographer and a photography enthusiast who is not restricted to any form or style. I shoot whatever attracts my attention and post process the shots as I want.
Do you have any specific project in mind now?
Now, I am on my holiday trip in Iceland. This country is full of wonders and its nature is very well reserved. In some areas, I felt like I am on another planet. It may take me some time because there are so many pictures captured, but I will share some of them soon.
Thank you Hanjo. Have a nice holiday and looking forward to your travel photos.