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FAR FROM THE WATER'S EDGE

A PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNAL BY TIM VAN DER MERWE

Dani

March 1, 2018 / Portrait

The winter is on the wane in Seoul, Korea. With the freezing temperatures mostly gone, what remains is the amazing winter light. The light in Seoul is quite special during the winter, and is very unli...

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Maria

February 14, 2018 / Portrait

As a photographer, one of the best parts about living and working in Seoul is that you get to meet people from all over the world. The quote is from one of my favourite authors. I enjoy these portrait...

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Thought, Deliberation & Connection

January 20, 2018 / Personal

The more there is of something, the less it's value. This sentence applies universally to almost every aspect of capitalist society. In the digital age of Instagram, Snap Chat and Facebook, our lives ...

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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 ...

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Oh hi, 2018

January 5, 2018 / Personal

And just like that, it's 2018 here in Seoul, South Korea, the land of morning calm. As a photographer, the plan this year is to blog more regularly, not just to post work that I do, or trips I take, b...

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Jin & Tonic

November 21, 2017 / Mini Session

For this Seoul mini session, we decided that the lovely Yangjae Citizens Forest would be a wonderful setting for the images. In these last days of Autumn, I met up with the director of the documentary...

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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...

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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...

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Megan & Ahmed

August 13, 2017 / Wedding

As a Seoul wedding photographer, it's not everyday you get a chance to experience a Canadian / Egyptian wedding in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Merging a traditional Canadian wedding experience ...

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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...

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ABOUT

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.

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