The Dongdaemun Design Plaza has quickly become one of Seoul’s most iconic modern structures. Designed by the world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, this futuristic space was completed in 2014. The DDP, which also stands for “Dream, Design, and Play” is a multi-purpose structure for conventions, exhibitions, fashion shows, as well as retail shops and the Dongdaemun History & Culture Park.

I personally love the DDP for it’s sleek design and powerful curves. It really feels like you’ve stepped into the future or a science fiction film. These qualities make the DDP a great place for street photography. Every time I’m there, I tend to try and get individuals going through the space. The DDP can get very busy and it’s nice to find simplicity and isolation among all the foot traffic. I also prefer to have the human element in the photos rather than just the structure itself.

Here are some of my favorite shots of individuals in the DDP space, a series which I call “DDP + I”.

Roy Cruz is a freelance travel photographer based in South Korea and the Philippines. Please get in touch for inquiries.

Photographer’s corner: The first 4 images were taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and an EF 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.  The rest of the images were taken with a Fujifilm X-T1and an XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens.

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Roy Cruz

Roy Cruz

Photographer at Roy Cruz Photo
Roy Cruz is a freelance photographer based in Tongyeong, South Korea specializing in travel and documentary photography. He started shooting professionally in 2007 and has worked all over the Philippines and South Korea. He is also a dedicated husband, bass player, and father.