The sun was low in the sky as I arrived at Seogwipo Harbor. I parked my car and made my way over to Saeyeon Bridge, a massive structure that towers over the harbor’s boats and administrative buildings. The bridge, opened in 2009, connects the harbor to beautiful Saesom (Bird) Island. Incredible golden light swept over me as I took a leisurely stroll to the middle of the bridge. My goal for the day was to photograph this fine piece of architecture in the evening. I still had about 90 minutes to go before dark so I leaned over the railing and watched as the sun set.
As the last remnants of light disappeared over the horizon and the bridge’s lights began to turn on, I went down the stairs that twist their way to the ground below. Having walked around the bridge a few days before, I knew exactly what to photo-graph.
I started with the staircase I had just descended. Looking up, the staircase made a wonderful spiral pattern to the top of the bridge. I moved on to the underside of the bridge and took several pictures of the impressive length of steel, thick wires, and lights that stretched across the water, a beautiful display of vertical and horizontal lines.
Satisfied that I had captured a wider view of the bridge, I began to focus on little details: the cube-shaped center housing another spiral staircase, the gears and levers above it, and the vertical beams of metal that encased everything.
Two hours later I headed back to my car with one more objective in mind. I drove to the other side of the harbor where I could see the bridge in its entirety. A rainbow of colored lights pulsed up and down the center of the structure and the moon had come out and sat lazily above it. I took my final photo of the day, possibly my best, before putting down my camera and enjoyed the view. What a sight!
Douglas MacDonald is a Canadian-born freelance photographer. He has spent 10 years documenting life and landscapes in South Korea. He is a Getty Images Artist. You can see more of his work at flickr.com/photos/dmacs_photos.
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