by María Sosa Betancor
My obsession for recording everything started already in the plane. But I’ve got to say that Korea Airlines is quite cool and my brain was receiving too many new inputs: the crew’s uniform; the company logo (a mixture between the Korean flag and the Pepsi brand logo); the Korean alphabet; the Bibimbap in the plane menu.
Apart from the texture of the image we were looking for with the handycam, the reason to use that camera was that it became invisible. It has a 700 (digital) zoom, so no one ever noticed we were shooting. I’m fascinated by this voyeur thing you get with such a tiny and, apparently, inoffensive camera.
We spent hours inside the car changing localization. Seoul has horrible traffic jams and the landscapes end up becoming crowded roads full of car lights and vehicles that are exclusively white, grey and black. There are only cars in these three colours; they tried to explain to me why, but the explanation had no logic whatsoever
Our arrival coincided with Korea’s National Day. As a tourist that might be very interesting, but when it comes down to shooting it complicates things. All the streets were full of Korean flags, and their flag happens to be very pretty, so now I have this very large collection of pictures of Korean flags.
Seoul’s buildings captivated all those that had a camera in their hands. They were giant blocks of buildings of repeating pastel colours, only distinguishable from one another by a name and number written in giant letters.
It also rained and everything became grey.
This was the first time we saw Hyo Joo on the longboard. Here we realised that she was going a lot faster than we had thought and that Nicolás (Segway operator) was going to have it tough in order to follow her.
I wasn’t the only one obsessed with recording moments, or the best equipped to do so.