The photographs of Boomoon (South Korea, 1955) show large extensions of sea, sky and land with no human presence or references whatsoever. Infinite, intact and static, nature reveals her unpredictability and immeasurable scope at the moment the image is captured. Those precise instants are, in Boomoon’s words, “unconscious places,” culminating moments in his relation with the world and the landscapes that make it up, which are dominated by order and chaos.
The South Korean photographer Boomoon gave up painting in the 1970s to study photography at Chung-Ang University in Seoul. At the time he focused on black and white street photography, attesting to the rapid transformation of Korean society through contrasts between rural and urban life. In the 1980s he began shifting towards more abstract compositions devoid of any human presence, and it is for these that he is now renowned around the world. His work has been shown at the Flowers Gallery in London and New York, the Forum für Fotografie in Cologne, the Miami Art Museum, the Yokohama Museum of Art and the Daegu Art Museum.