Impressions of the East Coast August 3, 2019 / Essay a little of what we found over the summer when we spent a few days exploring korea's east coast. i'd highly recommend hitting up yang yang, it's a little more raw than gangneung, and the views are pre... READ MORE Protected: A series of portraits with Christine May 15, 2019 / Portrait These photographs are from a studio set with model, blogger and instagram fashionista Christine Evers, better known known here in Seoul as @vogueuplikethis. These were created at a local studio in Seo... READ MORE An afternoon with Do & Row March 30, 2019 / Couple this is a spring engagement session in seoul. i was lucky enough to spend the afternoon with these two love birds just before they got married, near gwanghwamun in the centre of seoul. thanks for a gr... READ MORE Spring, you beautiful thing March 10, 2019 / Portrait my first new work of 2019, a spring session to welcome back the warm weather. as ever, i'm grateful to be able to work with talented artists. my output has slowed quite a lot as a result of the cold w... READ MORE Mai, and the Seoul Winter February 24, 2019 / Mini Session “my old grandmother always used to say, summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.” ― george r.r. martin, a feast for crows the winter here in seoul i... READ MORE In Frame: Sue and the Sea February 10, 2019 / Education this is the first in a small series where i'll break down some of my photographs. i'll discuss how i arrived at one of my favourite photographs ever. In Frame: Sue and the Sea this was taken on ... READ MORE Autumn, Seoul Family Photographs February 6, 2019 / Family the cooler weather brings with it a beautiful time of year for seoul family photographs. the muted beauty of the warmer colours, contrasts with the cooler temperatures. but a little love goes a long w... READ MORE Dahl Lee February 3, 2019 / Portrait "I don't mind being burdened with being glamorous and sexual. Beauty and femininity are ageless and can't be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won't like this, cannot be manufactured.... READ MORE An Updated Shotkit January 27, 2019 / Personal i don't really like writing about myself, or how i shoot or what i use, as i suspect that what works for me, will not work for many others. as the saying goes, there are a thousand ways to skin a cat ... READ MORE Sue and the Sea January 10, 2019 / Portrait “nothing's ever the same," she said. "be it a second later or a hundred years. It's always churning and roiling. and people change as much as oceans.” - neil Gaiman, the ocean at the end of the lane ... READ MORE


tim van der merwe is based in seoul, south korea. the aesthetics of his photographs are drawn from years as a musician, an appreciation for a wabi-sabi outlook on life, and colouring that reflects the atlantic, who’s coast he grew up near.  his photographic style is inherently influenced by photo-journalism, with a love of untouched moments of humanity and connection.