On the Edge of a Precipice

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in essays, Taiwan | No Comments
On the Edge of a Precipice

In 1895, China lost the First Sino-Japanese War to Japan and ceded Taiwan Province in the Treaty of Shimonoseki. Taiwan was a Japanese colony until 1945, the end of World War II, when it was returned back to China. Japanese intentions were to turn Taiwan into a showpiece “model colony”. Although the occupation was brutal […]

That Feeling

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in essays, Street Photography | No Comments
That Feeling

Accompanying music “That Feel” by Tom Waits. location: Manhattan, NY and Washington, DC date: 2016

Donggang

Donggang

Donggang, which literally means “East Port”, is a vibrant fishing harbor nestled on the western coast of Taiwan. This contradiction between name and location illustrates the complexity of this place. Navigating disputed waters, there is tension between Taiwanese fishermen and those from neighboring countries. The growing number of fishing boats and a depleted fish population […]

Be On The Watch

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in essays | No Comments
Be On The Watch

“The eye should learn to listen before it looks.” – Robert Frank location: Manhattan, New York date: 2014 – 2015

Raining Under Manhattan Bridge

Posted by on Dec 20, 2015 in essays, places, Street Photography | No Comments
Raining Under Manhattan Bridge

Under the Manhattan Bridge overpass and east of Bowery lies Little Fuzhou (New Chinatown). This photo essay is a collection of images captured in this neighborhood on a rainy October morning. Looking down on Bowery, from our hotel’s rooftop, before heading out. Fuzhou is the capital of China’s southeastern coastal province of Fujian. In 1683, […]

Maine Avenue Fish Market – Forgotten Summer of 2015

Maine Avenue Fish Market – Forgotten Summer of 2015

The Maine Avenue Fish Market is one of the few remaining open air seafood markets in the United States. This vibrant market, in the shadows of Interstate 395, is situated along the banks of the Washington Channel in Southwest Washington, DC. History After the civil war, Southwest DC was developed to provide inexpensive housing for […]

Tracing Yesterday’s Footsteps

Posted by on May 31, 2015 in essays, Taiwan | No Comments
Tracing Yesterday’s Footsteps

For the bamboo farmers of Lugu Village little has changed over the years. Daybreak comes and the farmers climb familiar, narrow paths up the mountain. Using small pick hammers they extract bamboo sprouts from the dark soil of the forest’s floor. Baskets filled, they carry their harvest down the mountain to sell at local markets. […]

The Secrecy of Shadows

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in essays, Observations, Taiwan | No Comments
The Secrecy of Shadows

Nobody is paying attention to the people and places photographed for this essay. My objective was not to editorialize or criticize, only present these photographs in an interesting way. Revealing enough information to capture the curious viewers attention, while giving him room to explore. The secrets of these images lie deep in shadows and outside […]

Under an Indifferent Sun

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in essays, Taiwan | No Comments
Under an Indifferent Sun

This essay is about sunlight and the secrets it keeps. The brighter it shines, the deeper the shadows, the less it reveals. “Shed some light on it” might not produce the desired results. Daybreak, when the sun rises over the mountain ridge, is my favorite time to photograph Pingtung City. The cool gray stillness of […]

From The Shadows

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in essays, Taiwan | 2 Comments
From The Shadows

A simple Google image search, of Taiwan culture, was the inspiration for this essay. The results where void of any culture at all, mere caricatures of the Taiwanese people and their history. With these photographs, I’ve tried to capture the simple lifestyle found in Pingtung County. It’s a region in southern Taiwan, with an economy […]

Le Flâneur – Sneak Brim

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in essays, Street Photography | 7 Comments
Le Flâneur – Sneak Brim

A collection of candid photographs, taken during late afternoon strolls in Georgetown. The observations of Vivian Maier are what attracted me to this subject matter. She sometimes included her own reflection or shadow in her photographs. For the flâneur, a camera is just an instrument used to help him learn to see. He’s an enigmatic […]

Looking for Yesterday

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in essays, Taiwan | 3 Comments
Looking for Yesterday

This essay is loosely based on the Japanese expression wabi-sabi; the acceptance that nothing is finished, nothing is perfect, and nothing lasts forever. A philosophy derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence. We hold our memories, possessions and loved ones tight while times trick plays out. The Phil Ochs song “Changes” […]

Street Photography Without People

Posted by on Mar 22, 2014 in essays, Street Photography | 3 Comments
Street Photography Without People

When most of us think of street photography, we imagine people in a public places with nothing particularly important going on. It’s the play on ordinary realities, using unposed actors who are oblivious to the drama they have been placed in. When done well, it’s a wakeup call to what we have been missing while […]

Tale Of Number 168

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Donggang Port, essays, Taiwan | No Comments
Tale Of Number 168

The photographs for this narrative were taken during a visit to Donggang Port in southern Taiwan. While we were there the fisherman brought a nice catch of yellowfin tuna to market. This thriving commercial fishing port was originally opened in the 17th century. This linear story is composed of 11 images.