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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