INSPIRATION 31 / KANGHEE KIM
The first photography class I took happened in an after school program at my elementary. It was a polaroid manipulation class and probably one of the coolest things I learned as a 4th grader. It wasn't a surprise that I took up photography shortly after and somehow managed to download an illegal version of Photoshop by middle school. I learned the program from scratch and practiced digital manipulation by watching various tutorials online. So when I came across KangHee Kim's work, the 13-year-old me did a happy dance.
Born in South Korea, KangHee Kim is a photographer living in New York. However, due to her current visa status, she is unable to leave the country. Kim finds solace in creating photographs where there are no travel restrictions. In her series "Street Errands," mirrors and windows become portals to tropical islands and clouds are outlined by electrical wires. The surrealism in her work really comes through in the way Kim juxtaposes grungy streets with tropical scenes. I'm just obsessed with the way her images somehow have this pastel-like quality to them.
Check out some of my favorites below and make sure to follow her Instagram for more.
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