Shanae Ennis-Melhado

Photographer: Shanae Ennis-Melhado

Shanae Ennis-Melhado, a traveling enthusiast and hobbyist photographer based in South Korea

Shanae Ennis-Melhado: “I’m Shanae and photography is one of my hobbies. I’ve always been compelled to take photos during my travels. Even back when the only equipment I had was a Nokia 5310. My interest in photography increased in 2015 when I bought my first camera: a Nikon D3200. Still, I didn’t consider photography as a real hobby until I moved to South Korea to teach English in 2017. Being placed in a small city, far away from Seoul, motivated me to explore other South Korean cities and even other countries in South East Asia such as Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Currently, the majority of the photographs I take are of landscapes and architecture but I’m planning on experimenting with other kinds of photography in the future. When I’m not taking pictures of natural scenery and buildings, you can find me writing about the things I love, making music or getting lost in a new city I’ve decided to explore.”

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Stories submitted by Shanae:

Sea Women of Jeju Island, South Korea

Sea Women of Jeju Island, South Korea

Sea Women of Jeju Island as told by Shanae Ennis-Melhado
© Shanae Ennis-Melhado 2019

Shanae explains about her brief encounter with the Sea women of Jeju: “I couldn’t help but gaze in awe as I snapped shots of the Haenyeo (Jeju women divers) entering the ocean to harvest their food. This wasn’t the first time that day I had marveled at these women. Prior to their descent, I had watched the women divers sway back and forth with their nets and floats, mimicking the motion of a rocking boat as they sang their jovial labor song, “Ieodo-sana”. It was almost impossible for me to capture this moment on camera, as their contagious movements and merry voices bewitched me. After the group had finished their song, I locked eyes with one of the women and we smiled at each other. The music had briefly connected us, even though we didn’t speak the same language.