Hi hi sisters ....... thank you for your interests. We all know Yong Joon has been in the limelight for 16 years. By now, he is a real pro in mastering the art of 'being photographed'. It’s logical to expect that he’s 'trained' to treat the camera as if it doesn’t even exist and continue with his routines. Conversely, it's also reasonable to assume that he’s 'conditioned' to be aware of his surroundings, thus always have his 'camera' face ready. So, can we really see the 'natural' BYJ from the many publicly-released photos?
Let's take a look at these so called 'hidden' shots shared on the net ...... Do you really think Yong Joon wasn't aware of somebody pointing a cellphone at him? Can you tell whether he was in his 'natural' or 'guarded' face?
shopping in a Gangnam book store
hanging out in a neighbourhood café
But then in these next 'official' shots, it's clear that the photographer was right in front of his face, but you can't say that Yong Joon wasn't in his 'natural' moments .......
knowing how much Yong Joon can withstand suffering, it didn't look like he's faking this pain while mounting on a horse, sob sob :(
if he's more concerned about the camera than the rice, he wouldn't be squatting like this for a pose (you got to agree this is not his most elegant pose, right?) You can tell his concentration was all on his work.
Hehe, need I say more : when a Korean man needs to munch, he needs to munch (especially when it is the kimchi that he personally made :)
So what can I deduce with my very limited observation? At the end of the day, Yong Joon is an artist. Whether he is behind the camera or being photographed, he is still the master in image creation. The image that he projects is what he wants to reveal to us, that's the extent he wants us to see.
Perhaps I quote what Scott Schuman wrote about his subjects on the streets whom he photographed :
"I want to capture something about people I shoot but at the same time I am totally open to creating my own version of who I think this person is. The reality rarely lives up to the romance, and I think we all could benefit from letting ourselves get lost in the romance of an idea or perception instead of having to know every excruciating detail of reality."
I am not adamant about finding the 'unguarded' Yong Joon anymore because just like the rest of us, he deserves to live an unrestricted and fulfilled life. So the romance of a perception with BYJ continues .........
The End, thank you for reading :)