Behind the scenes look at the commercial work and personal projects of Dan Jackson / Manifest Photography. Insight into my creative process, opinions, articles, discussions & occasional bumptious bloviations.
Pictures of buildings and monuments bore me. There’s a difference I think, between beautiful images and images of beautiful things. I took a lot of pictures of historic districts and monuments in Seoul but when I edited them with a critical eye I came to the conclusion that they are not terribly insightful.
Gyeongbokgung Palace is spectacular, but every inch of it has been photographed and interpreted. Without a focal point and a story those images offer only a superficial and desultory survey of the exotic.
It was when I turned my camera on the people of Seoul that I felt I was recording not just the city itself but life there as well. No matter where I am in the world images of people are more interesting and important to me than the things they construct.