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FAR FROM THE WATER'S EDGE

A PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNAL BY TIM VAN DER MERWE

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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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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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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