The Boy's River
Perhaps ever since its birth, Han River that runs through Seoul had provided a transit haven for many migratory birds. In the memories of a Korean-born American/Swede who spent his childhood in Seoul, each new season in his hometown was preceded by flocks of very vocal winged visitors flying over Han River. He remembers running out to the river in a single breath and greeting his visiting friends every time they returned.
The rapid climate change in the past couple of decades, however, pushed his river far out of the major migration paths of most migratory birds. And, spotting migratory birds on the river in or near the city has thus become a very unlikely event.
Twenty some years later, the boy comes back running to the river... only to find an old cement bridge over the still water. Sitting under the bridge, the boy realizes that he had crossed too many waters to have come back in time. As if he could play with time and bring back his old river, the boy sets up his camera and leaves open its shutter for twenty some seconds. A few seconds into the exposure, a lone heron flies into the boy's photograph and sits with him to share the memories of the river.
Seongsu Bridge, Han River, Seoul, South Korea