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Daegu International Bodypainting Festival

I headed out to the Daegu International Bodypainting Festival this weekend to get some practice with my new camera.  I was glad I went because I got some good practice in different lighting settings.

We headed out about 3pm, and the entire cab ride out there I wondered if it would rain on us later.  The clouds were looking angry and it was only a matter of time before they opened up and dumped their water on everyone.  Fortunately for us, it waited long enough for us to get in most of the festival.

I really didn’t know what to expect prior to going, but in the end I was glad I went.  There we

re a lot of interesting art pieces there.  I saw some crazy paintings but one of my favorite thing was the statue guys.  They were covered from head to toe in white to look like a statue.  The stood perfectly still and many people, including myself, thought they were statues at first site.

We hung out for several hours taking in the music and atmosphere at the festival.  Then at 7pm we sat down and got ready for the contestants to parade by all finished and it was worth the wait.  They were parading on the main stage first, then they would come to the back and parade and pose for everyone, a lot of cameramen, at stages they had set up.  We waited at the last one and had a front row seat to try and get some photos.

All in all it was a great time, and I would recommend anyone that has a chance to check one out.  There were people of all ages there, and don’t worry about nudity.  The ‘private’ parts are typically covered up then they paint over the material.

Below are a few of my favorite pics from the show.  I hope you enjoy them.

Daegu International Bodypainting Festival

Statue Guy

Daegu International Bodypainting Festival

Daegu International Bodypainting Festival

Angry Sky

Daegu International Bodypainting Festival

Woobang Tower in the Distance

Daegu International Bodypainting Festival
Daegu International Bodypainting Festival
Daegu International Bodypainting Festival
Daegu International Bodypainting Festival

Daegu International Bodypainting Festival

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About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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5 Responses to “Daegu International Bodypainting Festival”

  1. Mom says:

    wow interresting

  2. Would have loved to have done some shooting there myself! Thanks for sharing your shots.

  3. admin says:

    It really was an interesting place to shoot and a great place for an amateur like me to get practice.

  4. Hey there, You’ve done an incredible job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally suggest to my
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  5. Danyelle says:

    aallen:the common gounrd should be a focus on the education of kids, of course. my original letter called the Korea Times to task for printing stuff like that, because I think a major part of the problem is the media’s irresponsible, race-baiting coverage of the English teachers in Korea, which exacerbates every other problem. Of course, they cut that part out.the problems come down to:1. the media’s irresponsible reporting of English teacher behavior, which is no better or worse statistically than other populations2. Koreans’ lack of faith in their public education system3. the focus of all elementary, middle and high school’s academic endeavor into one high-school ending test4. the competitiveness that a test culture creates, where all are seen as rivals to be beaten, and the fear of falling behind (which leads to the perceived need to send kids to hogwans)5. lack of regulation in the hogwan industry6. opportunistic profiteering in the hogwan industry (wherein they’ll here the cheapest, instead of the best teacher)7. the people who DO come to Korea to extend college for another year, and act like idiots, not realizing they’re representing their country8. I’m sure there’s more than that, but basically, English education is a big miasma with so many systemic flaws, and so much money and status at stake, that it’s going to take a long, long time, for the whole morass to be fixed up. This is one reason why many long-time English teaching expats get so cynical. A letter helps, because one area that COULD be fixed without TOO much trouble, is holding the Korean media more accountable for their part in creating that us vs. them conflict. Parents, business leaders, and English teachers should at least see each other as partners working toward similar goals, while the media often makes English teachers out to be opportunistic trash looking to profit while corrupting Korea’s youth….and so it goes.


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