Photos are by Kim Ho Young. Originals are here.
While not considered conventionally handsome in his native Korea, Taeyang has been previously referred to as a bolmaenam – someone who’s face becomes more appealing the more you look at him. (Something we’ve often said about his music, yes?)
It’s tough for me to imagine anyone could imagine him plain to begin with, but as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I can certainly agree that he’s become much more good looking with the passage of time though, and I do like him best when he’s at his most simple and casual as he is in these black and white portraits.
Love the expressions on his face and how they capture the serious, wistful and mischievous sides of him. He’s so different when he’s relaxed. I wonder what he was thinking during the shoot?
Some of these photos were previously featured on a Daum article last September. They’re good enough to share again though.