The images of the South Korean photographer Jung Lee create a beautiful contrast between city lights and stark landscapes.
Jung Lee is a photographer of subtlety. Her images portray a stark contrast between the deserted locations she chooses and the lonely neon lights that seem to have lost their way back to the city. The neon lights reflect cliché statements typical of lovers, expressing both love and hatred. To create these works, Lee was influenced by Roland Barthes essay, A Lover’s Discourse and in its main character that endlessly searches for signs that he is in love.
Lee, who currently lives and works in Seoul, is also known for works that are less emotional and more political. These works show ironic phrases, also written in neon lights, that she places on the desolate landscape along the North Korean border.
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