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FAR FROM THE WATER'S EDGE

A PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNAL BY TIM VAN DER MERWE

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...

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Ginseng & Tonic

February 25, 2017 / Portrait

Bloggers Megan and Anzette are both in the process of setting up a new platform focused on issues related to expat women here in Korea. Korea has a multitude of bloggers, vloggers, youtubers and other...

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Twenty Sixteen. A Collection

December 31, 2016 / Personal

This is my collection of favourite photographs from the year. A word... 2016, a year that made many wish super powers, time turners and other such time bending mechanics did indeed exist. World happ...

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Mal & Riaan

December 13, 2016 / Portrait

For a Seoul couples photographer, creating photographs in the Seoul forest, on the last beautiful autumn day of the year is a treat. I love shooting couples, especially ones that are special to me. I'...

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Nicole

December 6, 2016 / Portrait

Seoul blogger, YTN radio DJ, LA based beauty blogger, and K-pop celeb Nicole was back in town during the fall, covering the Seoul Fashion Week for Mnet. We managed to squeeze a portrait session in the...

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Skin Full of Seoul

November 17, 2016 / Mini Session

Katherine from Skin Full of Seoul contacted me needing pictures to accompany an interview that she had recently done, for UK based beauty journal, Beauty East. It was a last minute thing, and we both ...

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Celebrations

November 5, 2016 / Portrait

“Friendship," said Christopher Robin, "is a very comforting thing to have.” - AA Milne These ladies were all in high school together, near Ilsan in Haeng-shing-dong. As a celebration of their 20's, t...

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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...

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Protected: Kirstie

September 9, 2016 / Portrait

It is said that we are products of our environment, and over the recent year, I've noticed how the influence of certain Korean photographers have influenced my work. Korean lifestyle photographers fav...

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This Summer in 35mm – A Personal Post

September 1, 2016 / Personal

I love analog photography. I bought an F100 just as the summer was starting. It arrived from Japan, accompanied with a nice little handwritten note from the seller, and the 4 films I purchased off gma...

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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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