This series of portraits is one facet of a body of work entitled "Weighing the Rain", which was photographed in South Korea over the course of the monsoon season. The portraits were produced from candid encounters with people on the street. Afterward, through the application of historical chemical processes, the images were developed under the rainfall from the monsoon. Thus, the photographed people were subjected to the physicality of the monsoon itself, creating a traumatic modulation of the fleeting, intimate moments they capture.

The resulting portraits render the individual abstract, emphasizing the importance of the social and environmental conditions over an accurate recording of identity. As it inscribes itself on the people, the monsoon signifies the intense physical and psychological strain brought on by a collective ideology in today's Korea. The intense pressure to conform to Korea’s rapidly changing identity is reflected in final form these portraits assumed.

—Hans Gindlesberger

Editor's Note: This series was a finalist in the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2014. Discover all of the winners and finalists — an impressive array of portraits from many points of view.

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