19.09.08 by Jeff

Ye Rin Mok

I recently discovered the photography of Ye Rin Mok, who has shot for the likes of Anthen, Nylon, Tokion, Theme, Spin, Monocle, and the list really does go on. Looking through Mok’s portfolio I discovered a large number of the photos in which the subject is actually facing away from the camera. I found the gallery jarring, and really quite powerful.

I took a class in art school called Vision, Perception and Science and we learned that there is a little sensor in the brain that is constantly looking for faces. This is why the bumper and headlights on a car look like a smiling face, and also why there is such tension in these photos. There are no faces in these portraits.


Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • hmm thats interesting about the art class you took. Where we always try and find faces, and never realized it until now. I mean even i can find some funny looking faces within the pictures as well lol. The portfolio is very amazing! Very clean/smooth shots.

  • hey great find, i love these! they make me wonder what the subject is thinking about, instead of focusing on (reading into) their facial features. very intriguing

  • yea and it’s interesting how much we focus on such a specific area, the front of someone’s head – these compositions allow for the entire frame to be given that amount of attention

  • Danton

    these are wkd!! sometimes the face can tell too much love the power of making ur own decisions on what the subject is feeling

  • Vikram

    i suppose thats part of the reason why people go crazy when isolated

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  • She’s definitly one of my favs, really.

  • simple beautiful clean!

  • hidrofido

    Really powerful portraits!!!

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