WAVES is both a multimedia project and a photographic reportage of daily life in South Korea, shot over a period of twelve days in the cities of Seoul and Busan in 2014. 

With WAVES I wanted to engage with the interaction between urban space and the everyday: a dimension that draws vitality from the unseen.

The multimedia component of the project vividly explores the relationship between natural and manmade environments, the narration is enriched by scattered traditional Korean proverbs, whilst sensory experiences are heightened by a soundscape that lilts between naturalistic and urban reverberations. 

In an environment dominated by the human being and by symbols of modernity, WAVES captures a nature that sits halfway between remembrance and popular culture, giving breathing space to a landscape that is painted in the hues of concrete.

Agnese Morganti is a freelance documentary photographer based in Prato, Italy. Her photography concentrates upon the intersections between identity, culture, and physical spaces. WAVES was presented at Slideluck Bologna II in November 2015. 

Multimedia Tips

a. What program was used to create the multimedia?

To create WAVES I used Final Cut Express. I have been familiar with the software since my first filmmaking experiences when I was a student at a local cinema school in Prato in the early 2000s. The pictures were edited with Photoshop. Most of them were taken with a small mirrorless camera. 

b. How and why did you choose that music?

The music I chose for WAVES comes from the Youtube Media Library. In my experience, choosing the right music for a multimedia project is a defining moment. I can only find the right music for a project once I have a very clear idea of what I want to achieve in a project in terms of pace and emotion. For WAVES, I sought a music that would help create a meditative mood while sustaining and interacting with the narration. I like to use music as a language and not just as a soundtrack. I am also very instinctive while editing, so if the music connects with the content, the multimedia project can come together in a very short time. 

c. Tell us about the editing process when you think of a multimedia. 

I have no set rules for editing, meaning that the creation of a multimedia project can happen in many different ways. The one exception being when I’m working on a personal project where I generally like to work and edit fast and make decisions with my gut rather than by reasoning. The photos for WAVES had been shot on a trip to Korea and seemed well-suited to the theme ‘Welcome to the Anthropocene’ for Slideluck Bologna. The title spoke to my photographs and inspired me to edit with a very clear idea in my mind. All the pieces of the project fell into place almost instinctively. 


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