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 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 The Wild Coast – Jeju Island May 10, 2017 / Travel Jeju Island. The wild coast. These words were stuck in my head consistently as I moved from rock to rock, dodging ocean spray and the odd overly enthusiastic wave, or as we scrambled down ledges to ex... READ MORE Gyeongju October 9, 2016 / Travel Gyeongju, a city unlike any other I've been to in Korea. Historical, laid back, a bit gritty, and all around awesome. Go, if you have a spare weekend. It's so well worth it. It's probably my favourite... 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.