Twenty four hours of travel to a place that is 15 time zones away is both exciting and exhausting.

When I got to Seoul, I couldn’t believe the massive scale of the place. Every turn of a corner revealed something I had never before seen.

Once there, the desire to get out and soak up the new was offset by crushing fatigue. Then again, sleep was physically impossible.

So I just kept walking and taking pictures.

Not far from my rented flat in Gangham, I found myself on a sidestreet that was a mix of old, new, strange, and familiar.

A window with animated illustrations caught my eye. I shot a single frame.

As I reviewed the photograph, I realized that this distorted self-portrait captured the moment perfectly.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.