The photographs in Jaejin Hwang’s recent projects are quiet and calm and depict natural moments. His pictures reflect a sense of everyday surroundings and an authentic representation of our simple interactions with the world around us. When I read in an interview that the concept of his series, Asleep, is inspired by The Smiths’ song of the same name, I was intrigued. The artist says he wanted to express the “ambiguous distinction between the death and falling asleep” and “an invisible power behind natural moments.” He also states, “I believe that intangible things always surround us, and if we capture very natural moments, we can magnify this” (source). The resulting photographs make me think of summer daydreams.

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