The Sea I Dreamt…

Burying all my pain, hatred and sorrow,
Sinking my yearning and regret,
Sailing my hope and dream,
I glance at the sea.

The sea, for me, carries memories of my personal
experience and history.

At the age of fifteen, I, for the first time, saw the sea.

On one August afternoon,
under the scorching sun,
everything suddenly appeared as I came out a pine forest.
As if I were able to embrace its entirety.

The sea that I saw possessed me with a feeling of awe.

A vague place where the sky and the sea touch one another,
It was filled with insolvable mysteries
As a strip of Möbius having its eternal continuity.

The sea that I saw at the age of fifteen,
is still the dream in the film of memory deep in my heart.

—Han Sungpil


Han Sungpil has been looking at the sea since he was fifteen.

Long exposures, which create dusky or dreamy atmospheres, offer a key style element for Sungpil. But his sea is also full of surprises, startling the viewer each time one looks closer.

After all, the vagueness of the meeting place of sea to earth is “filled with insolvable mysteries.” A tanker floating at a far distance could be in the clouds. Buoys and sea swimmers become a fluttering flame on the water, flanked by a stream of yellow pearls…

—Celina Lunsford, Director, Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt am Main, Germany