Places to Hide

PhotographerWon Kim
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Human beings perceiving of enclosed spaces in urban areas as the womb which we feel a homing instinct from.


When I was a little boy, I used to like hiding in a quiet and isolated area. It could be under your desk, in the corner of your balcony, or inside a closet. Whenever I inhabited certain private space,it gave me a feeling of something safe and private. I believe that feeling was derived from a homing instinct which causes animals to go back to their primal territory. Unlike animals such as fish or birds, which have places to go some day; human beings, unfortunately, have no way of returning to their homing territory, the womb. I do believe human beings have an inherent longing for a place like a womb in that it once provided us with a comfortable, quiet, and safe place as well as nutrition when we were infants. For this series titled "Places to Hide," I intended to project this human desire for an enclosed place by placing naked bodies in those tiny spots, suggesting them as infants hiding inside the womb in urban areas.

About Photographer

Fine art photographer