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Walk It Out, Snap Some Pics, Win Prizes

Today marks the one-month countdown to the 7th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. The walk is the largest of its kind with over 800 walks scheduled to take place in countries all over the world on Saturday, October 11th.

Five walks have been organized in Korea so far and photographers of all skills levels are invited to join the groups who will be trekking around Gwangju, Gyeongju, Daejon, and Seoul (which will host two walks). If you don't have a fancy camera and are only working with your iphone, don't worry. Join a walk anyway. This is a time for photographers to practice, learn, teach, get some fresh air, and generally nerd out over their love of taking pictures.

Each organizer has planned for their group to meet at a cafe or restaurant to relax and share their work after the walk.

Participants will also have to opportunity to submit their photos from the event and win prizes from this year's sponsors.

Click on the city names listed above to sign up for your walk. No photo walk organized for your city? Click here to start one! 

An Emotional King Sejong: One of 52 Moments

Moments Watches King SejongMatt Ferguson’s art caught our attention back in 2012; so much so that we decided to make it our cover art for the very first issue of [b]racket. Since then, Matt has moved from Korea, but his collaboration with Moment Watches suggests that his time in the ROK made a lasting impression. His unique and simplistic watch design depicts King Sejong, the beloved Korean historical figure responsible for the creation of Hangul, with a tear running down his face. Matt created this work to illustrate that while Korea’s hasty rise in industry and economic power have proven fruitful for the nation, it has come at a cost to the country’s traditional culture and values. He believes that King Sejong might be happy to see Korea as successful as it has become. However, he might also be saddened by what it took out of the Korean people and environment to get here. Matt's work is a reminder of the line that Korea walks between their love of tradition, and their drive to be a leader in the modern global economy.

While it might be a somewhat serious message, it’s a seriously awesome-looking watch. Click here to check out the timepiece that serves as Week 12 for Moment Watches’ “Year of 52 Moments” campaign.

Sidenote: If you were planning on coming to Gallery [t.] this Saturday, Aoife Casey's reception has been postponed until February 15th. So we'll see you all NEXT weekend!

- Lisa Highfill

Ever Wonder What [b]racket Sounds Like?

Seoul radio station TBS gave [b]racket some air time last week. Our multiple hat-wearing support team member Julian voiced the motivations, intentions and hopes for our magazine to the public. Take a listen to the radio spots below to hear the whole story of the origins of [b]racket, and why we treat treat the magazine as a “portable gallery” for all of our readers to enjoy.

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Oh, The Places [b] Will Go

The weekend of June 22nd and 23rd found our editor Jess Hinshaw and designer Christopher Cote up in Seoul for the 2013 Seoul International Book Fair. Invited by Graphic Magazine of Propaganda Press in Seoul, [b]racket's three most recent issues were exhibited in the Independently Published Books and Magazines section of the fair at COEX. We all thought it was pretty cool that Hye Song at Graphic Magazine saw a copy of [b]racket on a coffee table at her Seoul office. How did it get there? We dunno. But we're sure glad it did. Seriously. Shout out to Hye Song for picking up that issue and thinking it was good enough to be in the International Book Fair. We're totally psyched to have been invited. And thank you to whomever brought their copy of [b]racket to that office. *High five*

So, rad readers, take your [b]racket with you and share. Spread art, spread beauty, spread words. Spread awesome.

~ Kita Mendolia