I feel that a lot of the images coming out of Korea either focus on the alarming rate (at least deemed so by western society) at which women undergo plastic surgery or are part of the larger pop culture scene depicting either celebrities or other other faces which belong to the uljjang variety. (Click here, if you are unfamiliar with what an uljjang is.) This is what made stumbling across Kim Il Kwon’s photography so magical. I am in no way judging the pop culture side of Korea or attempting to comment about the plastic surgery industry (which is a much larger and complicated discussion), but in a sea of similar looking faces that tend to adhere to relatively strict guidelines of “cute”, I just found the change of pace to be a breath of fresh air. The thing is that the women Kim has photographed are women, who may or have may not undergone work to achieve the cookie-cutter features that the majority of Koreans desire. But instead of being photographed in typical Aegyo fashion, they’ve been taken in this dreamy – “I just woke up and the world is beautiful” kind of foggy editorial style. And there’s something really refreshing about that.

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Rae the EIC of LFB and YEOJA Magazine. She is also a photographer and social media influencer.


  • Oh I like these! The lighting is really nice, definitely works with the atmosphere.

    • rae

      I think so too. I love the soft muted colors (for the most part) and lighting. Everything is just so delicate about his portraits.

  • these are sooo pretty! love the shots!

    xx http://tanaditya.co.vu

    • rae

      Glad you enjoyed them!

  • Kim’s work is the best kind of serenity and calm atmosphere to it. So beautiful and so amaizng <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin’

    • rae

      I agree entirely :)

  • I really love these photographs, Kim’s work are so beautiful, they make you feel as though you are really there, thank you for sharing such a talented photographer


    • rae

      Oh definitely, his work is really stunning.

  • Stephanie Louise

    Beautiful work of Kim’s! I know all about the industry all to well here. I know this is sad to say, but it’s become a suffocating society of self absorption, especially in the big cities and you can just feel it. These photos really are a breath of fresh air compared to the overly edited photos you see Asian girls post on social media.

    • rae

      I could not agree with you more, Stephanie!

  • This is really beautiful photography! Love the third right photograph it is very soft, the lighting is is perfect.


    • rae

      Really glad you enjoyed them, and yes, he really has a way of seeing light.

  • Tal

    I just found your blog and am loving it!

    HUGE UK drugstore haul in PHOTOS- superdrug and boots

    • rae

      So glad you like LFB, Tal!

  • Kim’s work are indeed dreamy and beautiful c:
    Xx http://icepandora.blogspot.com

    • rae

      Glad you enjoyed them!

  • Amy

    Wow, these photos are amazing! They’re so dreamy ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

    • rae

      Aren’t they? :)

  • I really like these images too. The lighting is just right and the relaxed expressions are a nice touch.


    • rae

      Kim is so talented, isn’t he?

  • Ahhh, these are beautiful!

  • Meg Casson

    These picture are insanely beautiful!


    • rae

      So glad you liked them, Meg!

  • Millie Rose

    gorgeous photos they look beautiful!:) x x


    • rae

      Really glad that you enjoyed them Millie!

  • Jamie RS

    such a lovely photography! love it! :)

    Love Peace and Shimmer

    • rae

      Isn’t his photography just stunning?

  • Lovely photos with a positive message :)

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    • rae

      Really glad you enjoyed them, Sarah!