Saturday, October 6, 2012
My name is SooYoung Jeong. I’m an exchange student staying here for this fall quarter and I’m from South Korea. Actually, I’m an Aesthetics major but since UCLA doesn’t have an Aesthetics Department, I’m registered as an Art history and Philosophy major student. This is my first quarter at UCLA and I’m a junior in Korea.
This original photo was taken in this summer when Korea suffered from a tropical night. After a date with my boyfriend, I came back to my house and looked in the mirror and took this photo. My face was drenched with sweat, but I could find some confidence and happiness in my face. I think it is maybe because I felt loved by him at that time.
The image of background is an opium-poppy which is called ‘Yang-gui-bi’ in Korean. This flower is named after the emperor of Tang’s beloved consort ‘Yang Guifei’. An opium-poppy is one of my favorite flowers along with a peony and camellia. A red opium-poppy means daydream. I think everyone needs to have a way of gaining comfort. For me, it is daydreaming. That’s where I get comfort standing aloof from my real life. I’m a dreamer. The word I wrote on my picture means ‘the most beautiful and happiest moment of lifetime’. When we directly translate it, it becomes ‘shiny flower moments’. I believe every single moment of my time is 花樣年華(HwaYangYeonHwa).