A Reflection December 10, 2018 / Portrait reflection, a few thoughts on a pretty wild, yet deeply rewarding year. photo essays inspired by journalist, photographer and friend Ian McNaught-Davis, i borrowed a page from his book. i've used a ... READ MORE The Eastern Reaches – A Photo Essay October 26, 2018 / Essay A photo essay from the eastern most part of South Korea. Ulleungdo, a small island 160 km's off the coast.   The Eastern Reaches A photo essay from Ulleungdo, South Korea ... READ MORE Ten Seconds in Kuala Lumpur – A Photo Essay September 12, 2018 / Essay This is a brief photo essay from Malaysia, ten photographs from a whirlwind trip. As always, thanks for stopping by. Ten Seconds in Kuala Lumpur - A photo essay   ... READ MORE Calm – A Photo Essay May 1, 2018 / Essay As a Seoul photographer, I enjoy taking a break from time to time. I'm not one for the city actually. I come from a city on the surrounded by the ocean, so being walled in by sky scrapers is a not an ... READ MORE The Last Of Winter – A Photo Essay March 11, 2018 / Essay Winter is not a season I care for. It's unpleasant. It's too long, especially here in Seoul. But with Spring just around the corner, I wanted to capture the last breath of winter. I typically only pos... READ MORE The Winter Waters January 13, 2018 / Essay A photo essay, inspired by bleakness of the Korean winter, and mists and mystery of Tong-Yeong and Goeje's, on Korea's southern coast. Thanks for looking - T The Winter Waters - A Photo Essay ... READ MORE These Places We Dream Of – A Photo Essay October 31, 2017 / Essay A photo essay, inspired by the incoming winter here in Seoul, made of images from the winter in Cape Town, South Africa. I come from the Southern Hemisphere, where winters are mild and nothing like th... READ MORE Honesty – A Photo Essay October 14, 2017 / Essay I've been living here in Seoul, South Korea for a while now. It has been 2787 days since I climbed on the airplane bound for ICN, via JHB and DXB. I still remember clearing passport control, frantical... READ MORE Seoul Pride – A Photo Essay July 19, 2017 / Essay Seoul Pride is a festival comes around every year. I've never covered, or attended the annual Pride parades that happen in Seoul every year, but it was an extremely open and accepting event, and one w... READ MORE Seoul Through A Broken Lens – A Photo Essay November 30, 2015 / Essay Free-lensing. Lens Whacking. Whatever you want to call it, it's an awesome, inexpensive technique that adds a lot of potential to a prospective picture. I've also fallen in love with it. I've been usi... 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.