Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Alphabeticalife Q + A with Damon Kim / Kim Do-Hoon

I don't know when or how I stumbled upon Damon Kim's Flickr page. But as soon as I did, I was hooked. The beautiful photos he takes evoke nostalgia and at the same time, contain a certain otherworldly quality. Perhaps it's how he composes them? Maybe it's the muted colours? Or maybe it's the occasional use of odd props? I really can't say.

Then there's his wardrobe. It's extremely simple and never really draws attention to itself. But it is this extreme simplicity that drew me in. Just like his photos, his clothing choices are quite commonplace yet he manages to transform them into something all his own. Read on and learn more about this style stalwart from Seoul.

What do you do?
I'm a journalist working for a Korean film magazine, Cine21. I also write columns for various Korean magazines like GQ Korea, W Korea and Harpers Bazaar Korea. I write, write, write for a living.

At the Prada Transformer in Seoul

Describe your personal style.
Simple, minimal and natural. But occasionally daring.

In Tokyo

Eating a toy horse

About to lick a shoe

Who or what inspires your personal style?
Jean Paul Belmondo has always been my style guru after watching A Bout De Souffle when I was 22. And I love everything Tim Hamilton (Not the porn star! The designer!) does.

What is the piece of clothing in your wardrobe that best represents you?
Simple white t-shirts and black cardigans. I have plenty of them in my closet.

Martin Margiela sneakers

If your wardrobe could only have one brand, what would it be?
Definitely Tim Hamilton. But it would cost me hell of a lot of money. In that case, I would say MUJI. They produce really chic items at unbelievably cheap prices.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Two Thom Browne shirts. I really don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a shirt anymore. He really needs to collaborate with Uniqlo. Also, I can't control my wallet in front of beautiful eyeglasses.

What are the five things you don't leave home without?
Mobile phone, eyeglasses, Leica Minilux camera, Eau Thermale Avenue spray and my iPod.

Five daily essentials

Where would you like to live?
London. I lived in the UK six years ago and I loved every second of it. The weather can be bit gloomy sometimes, but you get brilliant (but not so pretentious) music and nightlife over there.

What's the best thing about living in Seoul?
Living in Seoul is like living in a bullet train. You hardly get bored because everything changes and moves so fast. The city is somewhere between Tokyo and Shanghai geographically, also culturally. You always feel like you're 16 when you live in Seoul.

And the worst?
Too fast to chill out. And the weather. Summers are viciously hot and humid while winters are brutally cold and dry. Maybe that's why Korean people are very short tempered.

Braving the cold in style

Braving the cold in style 2

How would you describe the style of your flat?
My flat is just another modern studio in the centre of the city. I've been trying to give it some personality with lots of colours and ornaments. As a result, it became something in between a young Andy Warhol's loft and a cat lady's mansion.

What inspired you to decorate it that way?
I would like to say I was inspired by mid-century modernism.

Damon and his quirky flat

Decor by the window

What are you thankful for at the end of the day?
I managed to finish another eight page article before the deadline and that my cat still loves me.

Han Solo, Damon's loving cat

Thank you, Damon!

You can see more of his beautiful photos here.
Click on the images above for a larger view.


jefske said...

wow that is a great interview
Damon sounds like a rad dude.
the photo captions are hilarious.
nice work =)

Make it Easy said...

...he's so dreamy.
definitely one of my flickr favs too
i like his reason for angry koreans! hahah
his glasses collection is awesome, and so is his cell phone!! <3

jefske said...

They are very personal photos
I thought he might have used film to shoot instead of digital but flickr tells me he uses digi =)

he sounds cool and Im glad I got to read about him
Angry Koreans are to be expected under those living conditions, it is more apt to say angry 1st world people who live in metro cities haha

He sounds like he would have a mean glasses collection but u should see George Gorrow's collection - he is obsessed with sunnies and so is Graz.


Hey thanks a lot! Glad you enjoyed the interview. The hard part is this: who do I interview next?

Yeah, the angry Koreans part made me laugh too! I like his camera and glasses as well.

jefske said...

Personally I think interview who is the most interesting to you, you can always drop them an email to see if they are interested to chat.

Keep up what you are doing, it is really good.

will keep an eye out for the next interview for sure =)

yam said...

Nice feature, Ant!

LOL @ angry Koreans also.