16 hours of fun in the 700 Village

Eight locations, six model castings, one interview, one medium-sized tree of Korean chestnuts, exquisite home cooking – all within sixteen hours of mountain action. What a glorious first day in the 700 Village, located 700 m above sea level and allegedly the optimal altitude for the wellbeing of humans and animals.

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Collecting a good armful of these…© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

…and these. Soyoung Nam, the project manager at The Potatoe Blossom Center gave us a hand. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Checking if the magic is there through the viewfinder too. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

The director of the Potato Blossom Center, Suncheol Lee. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

This  man (Jeong Chul wha, the proprietor of our base camp called 700 Village) and his van driving us around his land © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Material and location scouting from the back of a truck comes highly recommended © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Eyes as Big as Korean chestnuts © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Masterminding the operations © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Our 8-point location scouting masterplan © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

There is a lot of public art in Pyongchang, all by the same photographer and curated in the most exciting way! © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Red hot chilli peppers © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Riitta’s Korean sister suddenly showed up! © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Daham doing his thing © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Our fantastic translator Kyonghee Lee managed to turn hesitation into enthusiastic participation and we will be photographing this duo today! © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

She was doing her usual evening walk when our paths crossed. Naturally we had to stop the car and introduce ourselves. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

© Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

A solid part of our evenings when working on this project includes looking through the images from the day and making these blogposts. There’s nothing like a good screened porch, with a bit of Finnish tango music. © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

 

 

 

 

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