1. Welcome! Can you begin by first introducing yourself and giving a little bit of background information about yourself?
Hello, it’s a pleasure to meet you all. My name is Kim Mi-kyung and I’m a Korean photographer, which was what I majored in at university. I currently work with a publishing company and a broadcasting station as well as giving lectures at universities and photography academics.
2 . What is the word that best defines you?
The two words that define me would be positive and curious.
3 . How would you define your style?
Rather than being fixed on one particular style, I prefer to be creative and original in both the style and subject I am working on.
Depending on the theme, I work in different ways. For my photos of scenery I don’t add anything into the shoot, allowing nature to inspire me. However I occasionally am inspired to create an image requiring a particular set up, and therefore will sketch an idea and plan the shoot thoroughly, adding props and planning the setting.
4 . What are your influences?
I always hope a lot of people feel relaxed and are energized while viewing my work.
5 . Have your origin and the culture of your country influenced you? How?
I was born and raised in one of the most beautiful places in Korea, Jeju Island. Jeju has the perfect nature for me to get the motivation to create art.
The sea surrounding my hometown, where I had a very traumatic experience when I was younger, marked my first steps into photography. I fell into the sea near my home, and this may explains why water is present in almost all my works. I guess it is a way for me to try to get over it.
6 . In your opinion, what are the qualities required for a photographer?
A great deal of traveling and reading are needed to really become a good photographer.
I think that when direct and indirect experiences meet, a novel idea is formed and based on that, you can do creative art.
7. Why did you join the TEN project?
There are two reasons. Firstly, since I’m a more of straight artist, I was quite interested in the work that I could do with all the diverse digital techniques with the other TEN artist.
It certainly was a new challenge for me.
Secondly, I joined the TEN project because it’s an educational program for students and I always hope my work can be helpful for students.
8 . Do you usually work in pairs, as in this project?
Most of my work composes of photography and image production.
And image production or filming, in my opinion is more about catching the original sound of the scene. So, yes, I do work together in pairs, with sound designers.
9 . How did the collaboration with the other artist go (reflection, brief, organization, communication…)?
Well, we started with brainstorm meeting, talking about the theme and the shooting location.
Then I went first photographing, and as it progressed the sound designer came in, to record Nature’s sound.
Finally, when the filming was finished, we selected the best matching sound to put it together with the film and to complete the final piece.
10 . How did the set theme inspire you?
They say you see as much as you know and the collaboration with the sound designer broadened my insights on nature.
Now, I feel more depth is added to my work by seeing not only the external beauty of nature but the internal story it has.
11 . What messages, emotions or ideas did you intend to convey through your creation? And what was the motivation behind this choice?
I intend to convey nature’s beauty through my pictures. All of my work begins with nature.
Especially, my recent works which were based in Korea’s seas and forests.
12. What are your preferred or required tools or equipment (devices, software…)?
The software I use most recently in my work is Photoshop, which I used to correct the tone and colour of the photo.
But still, as I don’t use correction programs usually, I tried to keep the original photo as it was.
13 . Can you describe your usual work methods in a few lines?
As I mentioned, my work methods differ depending on the theme.
“Lately, I’ve been taking photographs using Long Exposure. This was the method I used to catch the color of the sea that are not observable with a regular exposure time.
14 . Have your tools and work method been different for TEN? If so, how?
I could say that the point that I don’t usually use correction programs such as Photoshop would be the only real difference.
15 . Can you tell us a few “ tricks” regarding your work and the techniques you used for this creation?
My recent works are all based on nature. So, I put more emphasis on understanding the shooting location than techniques.
Understanding the place I work is what I believe counts the most.