About the Book
Recently I became aware of the gorgeous sepia tone images by big Island Photographer, CP Merfeld. He has inspired we to do a little sepia toning of my own, which is sending me off in a new direction.
Sepia: 1. Film whose color tends toward brown tones rather than shades of gray, giving the image an old-fashioned and sometimes dreamlike quality. Sepia also refers to the brownish color itself, as in sepia tones.
2. Brown color (as in sepia tones) resembling sepia, a brown pigment derived from the inky secretion of a cuttlefish.
Michael F. O'Brien lived and worked in Seoul, Korea from August of 1963 to June of 1997. He grew up on a dairy farm in the beautiful wooded hills of northeast Iowa. At age twenty-four he left the corn fields of Iowa for the rice paddies of Korea. Those rice paddies fascinated and excited him with their ever-changing patterns and through them he learned, also, to love the Iowa corn fields he had left behind. He is a retired art and photography teacher from Seoul American High School in Yongsan, 8th U.S. Army, in Seoul, Korea. Mr. O'Brien's credits include Far-Reaching Fragrance - Photographs of Korea, a collection in coffee table book form of photographic insights into traditional Korea. He has also co-authored a high school photography text, The Photographic Eye - Learning To See With A Camera. 1984 - John F. Kennedy Center Fellow for Teachers of the Arts.