Where the Water Runs Slow

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Documentary, essays, places, Taiwan | One Comment
Where the Water Runs Slow

Pingtung, the southernmost county of Taiwan, appears to be forgotten by time. Lying between mountains and coastline, this fertile farmland is scattered with small villages connected by narrow strips of road. Traditional red brick farmhouses, sitting dilapidated and empty, dot the countryside. As we arrow down the road, through signless corners and level fields, the […]

On the Edge of a Precipice

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in essays, places, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Abandoned Japanese House

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in places, Taiwan | No Comments
Abandoned Japanese House

location: Pingtung City, Taiwan date: January 2014 I know little about the history of this house but find it fascinating. Although Japanese architecture is common in Pingtung City, this particular house is unusual. Single family Japanese houses are typically constructed of brick and cypress wood with pitched roofs covered in black tiles. Sadly, many of […]

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” […]

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.