Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Music Album Cover

Music album cover work.

And a B-cut.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

She is not my baby.

I didn't have any photo shoot experience with baby.
Today, I had to spend most of my time and effort to make her happy rather than adjust lighting or other photographic stuff.
But I reallise none of all photographic skills needed when I shoot absolutely cute baby.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Perfect dream (Listening to Dance BGM)

Hi, guys.
It's been such a long time since I disappeared on the blog.
I've been doing some next works for a while. I think I can show them in few months.
Anyway, here is one of my new work. Actually, it's a music.

I collaborated with songwriter NORA based in Korea.
I explained about 'Listening to Dance' project and asked to making a song with his emotions he felt from a photo. I wanted to see how this visualised music emotion photo really works.

If you can make a purchase this song, could you tell me how you feel the difference between this song and old one, which is Agnes Obel's 'Riverside'?

My song isn't really expensive, right?

To buy it:
Perfect dream (Listening to Dance BGM)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


An Exhibition & Performance by The Korean Artists Association UK
Date: 28th Nov. – 4th Dec. 2012
Venue: Korean Cultural Centre
Private View: 28th Nov.  6.30 – 8.30 pm

Friday, November 16, 2012

Listening to Dance No.4 - Salpuri

Listening to Dance No.4
Medium format film
Printed on Kodak Metallic paper.
600mm X 700mm
Music : Untitled

Dancer Shou Shiuan Liu (유수현)
Edition of 5

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Listening to Dance No.3 - Ballet

Listening to Dance No.3
Medium format film
Printed on Kodak Metallic paper.
600mm X 700mm
Music : Untitled
Dancer : Da ae Kim
Edition of 5

Listening to Dance no.4 - Salpuri

Korean traditional dance.
'Sal Pu Ri'

Friday, September 14, 2012

Listening to Dance no.3 - Ballet

Beautifully sad music with beautiful ballerina.
Can you imagine what music was?

Ballerina - Daae Kim
Medium format film

Listening to Dance no.2 - Break Dance

I started making new series of 'Listening to Dance'. It's been a year since I showed 'Listening to Dance no.1 - Modern Dance'.
Sneak peek of new series. Break dance!!

B-boy : a.k.a TKO in 'Last for One'

Monday, May 21, 2012

When the Apple announced iBook Author, I really wanted to see my photo book on the iPad.
Now it's available on the iTunes for free.
I wanted to get some money through this iBook was so much complicate to make.
So compellingly....
It's only available on the iPad, unfortunately.

Get it Now!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Los Angeles, CA (May 1, 2012) Dean Shim of United Kingdom was Awarded: Second Prize in Print Competition for the entry titled, " Listening to dance."
The International Design Awards exist to celebrate the world's most visionary designers, discover new and emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of design worldwide.
Architects and designers of interiors, fashion, products, and graphics submitted entries from over 65 countries throughout the world, proving IDA's global emphasis. Judging was a rigorous process, with winners receiving publication of their work in the 2010 International Design Awards Book of Designs, to be distributed nationwide; promotion to 100,000 design professionals and potential clients worldwide; year-long coverage on the International Design Awards website; and critical acclaim by our distinguished panel of judges.
Jurors included Alice Blackwood - Editor, Design Quarterly; Lise Coirier - Editor-in-Chief, TL; Hans Fank - Editor-in-Chief, OBJEKT International; Aaron Kenedi - Editor-in-Chief, Print; Rebecca Epstein Kong - Co-Founder, Artware Editions; Raj Nandan - Managing Director, Indesign Group; Laurence Ng - Publisher, IdN; Josh Rubin - Editor-in-Chief, Founder, and Publisher, Cool Hunting; and other leaders and editors in the design community.

About the Winner:
Dean Shim :

For Press Inquiries, Contact:Jade Tran
International Design Awards
550 N Larchmont Blvd, Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90004 

Sunday, March 04, 2012

New Project : 'Say to me #2'

600 hundred years ago, the king of Korea made Korean alphabet. (Han-gul)
It was designed based on shapes of tongue, lips and jaw because the king wanted to people learn it very easily. 
This is a photo which is visualised english alphabet with coloured water based on Korean alphabet logic.
She was saying 'P' and her lips and tongue made that shape of water.

This project still in progress.

Medium format film.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Next project

I have almost finished my new project idea.
Now I'm doing some more sketches and shooting thousands test shot.
You can see my final work before end of February.
Do not forget about me yet.
Coming very soon.

This is one of my idea sketches.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

End of the days

Hello, everyone!
I really want to say thanks to all of people who love my works at the fair.
To me, The Other Art Fair was quite long journey. But you guys made me enjoy this Art Fair.
Thank you so much again.
Oh...and you can still buy my work, so email me any time. :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011



Kingston University
B.A Honors in Graphic Design & Photography

Hansung University
B.E Honors in Mechanic System Engeneering

Awards & Exhibitions

11. 2012
Exhibition 'O BANG SAEK'
Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK

5. 2012

Second prize in Print and Exhibition section

11. 2011
The Other Art Fair, 
London, UK

10. 2011
'London Fashion Week' Reception Exhibition, 
The Other Art Fair, Somerset House, UK

09. 2011
Published on ‘The Uptempo’ magazine, Sep./Oct. issue, 
New york, USA

09. 2011
Contemporary Art ‘September Issue’, 
London, UK

08. 2011
‘Art Crawl’ Exhibition
at Public pub, London, UK

07. 2011
The-Work-Shop gallery exhibition
Kingston, UK

06. 2011
Graduation Show, London show ‘Step trip step’
London, UK


7. 2011- Present
Chief Editorial Designer
Euro Journal Newspaper Ltd.

Korea AirForce Airman first class and
Graphic designer of a batallion

SJPension company founder, Graphic designer
and photographer


I was a mechanic engineer, I was a soldier and
I was a boss of a company. Now, at last, I am
a graphic designer and photographer who I
really wanted to be. All of those experiences
are inspirations of my work. I have no
limitation. I can design everything.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Listening to dance

Dance is a visual language which is intimately entwined with emotions. The movement and shape of fingers, arms, legs and even toes can be used to express a variety of emotions.
In this project, I have attempted to illustrate music through the movements and expressions of dance. My images visualize both the effect that music has and what it means to me.
By capturing and combining particular movements photographically, I want to communicate the changing emotions and feelings of a particular piece of music so that these can be experience by people feel music without the sound.

I played a Danish songwriter Agnes Obel’s  ‘Riverside’ to the dancers. It has a classical and dreamlike quality. When I heard this music, it made me calm and evoked some idle fancies that gave me a very small but powerful energy.
I wanted to express these complex emotions through a very soft, warm  orange colour and small, powerful, slow, sad and bright movements.
I didn’t impose any limitations on the dancers - I wanted them to dance spontaneously to the music, which they heard it for first time at our studio  sessions.

I have grouped each set of images according to the movements within the music’s structure and intervals. Each 3 minute and 49 second sections of music is now combined into single images which have been composited together. I dedicate this project to my friend who cannot hear the music.

Multi exposure on Medium format film
Printed on Kodak Metallic paper

Musical Diplomacy

The people of North Korea, have experienced many changes under communism and the control and oppression of dictator Kim jung il. They have begun to start their own businesses, watch a foreign TV, to listen to foreign pop song and to play this music with their own instruments. A spanish song called ‘La paloma’ has become very popular even though it is an illegal to listen to or play. These actions are an open secret, and represent a new era of liberalism. In response to a ‘Conflict’ brief, I tried to address one of the North-South problems of Korea, by focusing on this new vogue for playing western style music on the guitar.

Guitar lessons are given secretly , so I designed  my own guitar sheet music for “La Paloma’ to help them learn easily and quickly  using a particular colour scheme which is also a secret code . Moreover, I made this musical notation as a stamp, so that this music could be produced in large quantities,  but could also be hidden  behind a portrait of Kim jung il. 

By law the People of North Korea must have a portrait of him in their home, so it is an untouchable article, even for the police, so this provides a perfect place to hide it.

I designed my music sheets to be made with edible paper and food colouring so that they can be eaten in case of an emergency which will leave no trace. If anyone is suspected by the police of having music sheet, there will be no clear evidence.. It is also a small gesture towards the problems of food shortage and hunger in North Korea.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Listen to music

For a long time, I really wanted to show and make feel the music 
for my friend who cannot hear at all.
She has been my first but one-sided love since I was kid.
I dedicate this photo for her. 
(Actually, this is not really what I want to show you. I have more.)
Can you hear it?

Multi exposure on Medium format film
Music : Agnes Obel 'Riverside'
Dancer : Natalie

Can you hear it?

Can you feel that music?
It is really sweet song.

Friday, December 10, 2010


Do you like palm reading or face reading?
Do you think there is your whole life from birth to death 
on your palm and face?
Let's read his destiny with his palm on his face.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Memory paradox

Can you guarantee your memories are right?
Can you describe how your friend's face look like exactly?
Our memories are always distorted, staged and overlaid.

35mm film. ISO 200
No photoshop at all. :)