For my second installment in the Joongang Sunday, I've taken a break from the writing to partner up with Professor Ingyu Oh of Korea University to co-author a story (Korean title: 한류성형: 여성의 새로운 사회적 힘인가 아니면 여성신체의 종속화인가?) in a different kind of way. Professor Oh wrote the piece as I set up and shot three key images that we planned that extend and convey the argument laid out in text. I'll wait for the Sunday story to come out before translating, but wanted to put up my photographic contribution here. In the first image, we shot a "patient" getting a plastic surgery consultation from a real, reknowned surgeon in his Gangnam clinic. In the shot below, we brought in a model to help us construct an image that visually conveys the appearance and beauty pressures of many workplaces on women these days, to the point that it has quite literally become a fashion show and a point of stress.
The images are not to be too literal, but rather give an emotional, visual sense of how this pressure might look and feel.
So look for the full story (in Korean) on newsstands this Sunday! In the Joongang SUNDAY!