In an exclusive photo diary for Document, the photographer captures the quotidian beauty of his trip through South Korea
Eduard Sánchez Ribot never goes without his camera. When he’s not splitting time between his home bases of Barcelona and Paris, the still-life photographer travels the world, capturing simple and saturated images for clients such as Loewe, Atmos, and Margiela. On a recent two-week trip to South Korea—his first time in the country—Ribot found comfort and calm behind the lens, making sense of the novelty and noise through art.
“This is simply a collection of what my eye could detect after long walks and an excess of information and inputs,” says the artist of the results. His photographs, often slightly blurred and sepia, appear to give their subjects haloes, turning a hanging striped shirt or a grassy knoll into hallowed objects. Foggy cityscapes seem otherworldly. Even an overlooked sign dripping with rust makes the eye rest easy, the mundane turned new under his gaze. In seeking tranquility, the artist reignited his creativity with this photo diary. “Shapes and colors coming together to create palettes and beauty that I am not used to excites me and confirms once again that I am doing what I love.”
For Document, Ribot shares with us a few token photos of his trip, emblematic of his perennial search for serenity.
Left: Random covered box, Seoul.
Right: Gyeongbokgung Palace Drum Logo, Seoul.
Left: Big cloud between Seoul’s skyscrapers. Right: T-shirt worker in the Bus, Andong-Si.
Left: Fire truck in a street in Seoul.
Right: Second day, Seoul from the hotel room.
Left: Two of the Royal Tombs in Gyeongju.
Right: Used purple mop, Seoul.
Right: Jeongbang Waterfall, Jeju Island.
Left: Clothes in a bag, Seoul.
Right: Graphic poster somewhere in South Korea.
Left: Busan from the tallest tower of the city Haeundae LCT The Sharp.
Right: Fishes in Busan.