THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF WON KIM
Beauty in the mundane.
Words | Jonathan Poh Translation | Ian Tsang
I’ve always believed in the beauty of the mundane, as well as art’s ability -- and perhaps responsibility -- to adjust our perspectives to its value. The ability to capture everyday objects and surroundings and present them in a way that’s both beautiful and surprising, I believe, is what first drew me to the work of Won Kim, a photographer who’s been making a name for himself with carefully-framed images and grid-like captures of buildings, bookshelves, chairs and even balconies from around the world.
Kim, it turns out, has been traveling the world since 2012 in the quest for beautiful architecture, which quickly led into an appreciation for other aesthetically-pleasing landscapes and objects. ?My personal favorites include Kim’s “Grids” series -- which showcases patterns from everyday life -- as well as “Metropolis,” a collection of images that eschews traditional notions of a large, sprawling city for a more isolated viewing experience that singles out parts of individual buildings. “My intention was to highlight the character and simplicity of individual buildings—qualities that are ordinarily hidden when they are clustered together with other structures and seen from the usual pedestrian’s vantage point,” he explains on his website.