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The Zenlike Beauty of Seoul's 27 River Bridges

A photographer investigates the massive, mysterious underbellies of Han River overpasses.
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Manuel Alvarez Diestro

Unless you’re a troll, odds are you don’t spend a lot of time under bridges. Photographer Manuel Alvarez Diestro has, though, and his documentation of these obscures spaces is full of industrial beauty and glimpses into the infinite.

Alvarez Diestro, who hails from London, got the inspiration to peer under the bridges while spending the past six months in South Korea’s capital. “One of the most iconic locations in Seoul is the Han River,” he says. “While riding my bike along the river, I could not resist the idea of conducting a work about the 27 bridges that connect Seoul’s north and south.”