There are over 3 000 islands off the coast of South Korea. One of which is the birthplace of photographer Nina Ahn who grew up surrounded by nature’s lush greens on the edge of the blue ocean. It was only on moving to Seoul that she fully realised the blessings that she grew up with.
Living in the capital, and travelling extensively to other major cities in the world for work, her predominant focus is on portrait and fashion photography for commercial jobs. It’s work she loves, but managing the personalities and frenetic energy that comes with it had started to take a toll on her at times. She found respite walking in parks or greenhouses, saying “that absolutely healed my soul.”
This began a body of personal work which seeks out plant life in the city, and the interactions between¬†humans and plants or flowers in an urban environment.
Titled Plant Journal¬†this work is currently the smallest addition to Ahn’s greater photography portfolio but it’s the work she spends the most time thinking about day to day. When shooting trees, flowers or landscapes for this series her approach is completely natural, she is fully herself. In the future she hopes to bring her horticultural passions to her commercial work.
This is a selection from Plant Journal¬†shot over the last few years in Seoul and various other locations from Turkey to Japan. Some images are set in the city, some on travels to the outskirts, and others are outtakes from editorial shoots examining our human relationship with nature.