Project: 10 Year #16+1

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Project: 10 Year

2008

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After we failed to have cacti in his room, I decided to bring flowers instead.  At first, he didn’t like the idea that I’m buying him flowers. I didn’t mind since I bought it not only for him but for us.  I still buy flowers occasionally and that is one of the things that makes me happy.

I made the same painting with oil before (see here). I recreated the picture with my own colors and it became part of my memory of the room.  I thought when you have a certain experience and formed a memory of it,  that was the destination.  It’s certainly not true.  I added this color and every time I see the picture or think about it, I add more feelings and meanings.  It keeps growing with me.  Memories fade with time.  Special ones get lucky to stick around longer.  I think his room is one of the lucky ones.  I want to hold it forever. 

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Project: 10 Year #16

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Project: 10 Year

2008

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I remember this day vividly.  It was the day before he left Korea.  For the last time, he wanted to experience something exotic in Korea and he chose to eat live octopus.  We went to a local store and bought one.  I don’t know why we decided to cut it at home.  He didn’t have a proper cooking knife so I had to use a small fruit knife to cut it.  I didn’t know it would be that hard.  It was an interesting experience for both of us and certainly not a pleasant one.  Later that day, we spent most of the time talking, drinking, and laughing together.

One the bus way back home, I couldn’t stop crying but I managed not to at the airport the next day.

I still remember the scene I was looking at from the bus after we said goodbye to each other.

The red sky was chasing it’s color so fast.  The mountains in the distant were fading with the setting sun.  It was like closing the first chapter of our relationship.

Project: 10 Year #15+1

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Project: 10 Year

2008

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I’ve never had a Rubik’s cube and never played before.  I saw one at his place and started playing with it.  I didn’t know there was a mechanism you can use to solve the puzzle.  He taught me and I was obsessed with it for a while.  It’s been a while since I played.  His Rubik’s cube’s colors were faded a little bit.  I forgot the method too.  I should pick it up again.

Project: 10 Year #15

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Project: 10 Year

2008

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In Korea, we couldn’t travel outside of Seoul often.  Even though I don’t agree with it, it’s very common among Korean families, not all, that kids especially girls are not allowed spending the night outside their home before they get married.  We had to manage going places early in the morning and come back before my curfew.

We wanted to hike on Mt.Seorak which is one of the most popular and beautiful mountains in Korea.  Since it was almost impossible to actually hike up to the top and come back in time, we took the earliest bus and a cable car to go up the mountain.  After, we went to a fish market nearby, got ourselves a squid sausage before hopped on the bus.

I took this picture when he was drinking water from a fountain after we came down from the mountain.  He took a picture of me too and that picture became his favorite that he framed and kept next to his bed.

 

 

Project: 10 Year #14+1

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Project: 10 Year

2008

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This room is a regular dorm to others.  For us, it’s full of memories and meanings.  The cacti by the window, the fan that was out all year long, and even some papers on the wall have stories of us.  I’ve always been fascinated by how people put meaning on ordinary things and places.  These are nothing to others.  To the person who has a special relationship with them,  they are so much more than just places or objects.  How I remember this room is also very different from others who stayed there.  This is how I remember and feel about the room.  Full of bright colors.  I wish all our memories could be like this…