Jaejin Hwang

Jaejin Hwang is a freelance photographer from South Korea, but currently residing in Ohio, US. He is also a graduate student in Engineering. His spontaneous snapshots from every day life are more than that. Through his work he explores themes such as sleep and death and the parallels between them, while also documenting stories untold.


KALTBLUT: How did you start photographing?

Jaejin: One day, I had the chance to use a film slr camera, and I was mesmerized by the shutter sound. After that, I started taking pictures, and it’s been more than five years now.

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KALTBLUT: Do you plan ahead or do you shoot spontaneously?

Jaejin: I like candid shots, so I usually shoot spontaneously. Even though I have a certain theme in my mind, I try to avoid a plan before taking pictures.

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KALTBLUT: Is there a photographer you admire?

Jaejin: I admire Japanese photographer, Ume Kayo. I like the natural but meaningful moments in her works.


KALTBLUT: What are you working on at the moment?

Jaejin: I am working on my ongoing project, Asleep. It describes an ambiguous distinction between the peaceful death and falling asleep.

Interview by Amanda M. Jansson