The Agents is the latest personal concept photo project that I’ve put together. It’s in a similar vein to Taipei Noir that was conceived and photographed in early 2012, but with a more complete theme to it. Whereas Taipei Noir was a series of loosely connected scenes without a concise beginning or end, leaving it up to the viewer’s imagination, The Agents aims for more of a narrative, with a definite conclusion by the end. Briefly, the story begins with a hacker passing a disk to a partner, only for the hacker to then be killed for it. Enter the agents, two police detectives who must track down the partner before it’s too late. The photograph above is taken from the climax of the story as the police confront the killer.
Street photography is not my main forte but it can be a lot of fun, especially if it’s incorporated into the daily routine. As I go about my day, moving to appointments, running errands or just heading out to eat, I’ll carry a small camera with me and photograph anything of interest along the way. For a long time I did most of that with the camera on my Samsung smart phone but over the past month or so I’ve been taking a Fuji X-20 along with me and pulling it out from time to time. It’s quite a different way to photograph compared to the way I use my workhorse camera but that’s half the fun. Here’s a small selection of images shot on it over the past few weeks and converted into black and white.
Moving into another month and diving into the archives for the calendar photograph. Over the past month, most of the images I’ve shot are either embargoed until publication or are more of a documentary nature that is not so fitting for a calendar. Hence a raid on the archives. This image dates from 2005 from a trip to Sun Moon Lake, a popular mountain tourist site in the middle of Taiwan. It was fairly quiet when I was there however these days it’s a favorite spot for mainland Chinese tour groups and is packed every day of the week.
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For the past week here in Taipei, student protesters have been occupying the Legislative Yuan in protest over a cross-strait trade service agreement with China, and what they claim is the undemocratic passage of the pact through Taiwan’s parliament. The protest has generally been peaceful with student organizers repeatedly urging their followers to remain non-violent. Things did take a turn for the worse on Sunday night as a group of students stormed and briefly occupied the nearby Executive Yuan. Riot police using batons and water cannon cleared them out before dawn on Monday and the situation returned to calm. There have been numerous news reports in both the local and international media so if you’re interested in learning more I’d suggest you seek them out. I’m just here to present a selection of the photographs I’ve shot over the past few days when I’ve been covering the events. Feel free to comment on the photos but keep them about the image – political comments will be deleted.
The World Wildlife Fund’s Pandas on Tour by French artist Paulo Grangeon is on display at Chinag Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei. 1600 papier mâché pandas plus 200 Formosan black bears are meant to highlight the need to protect endangered species. They first staged this installation in 2008, and the Taipei edition marks its first appearance in Asia. They’re on display until the end of March so if you’re in the area, get down and take a look. It’s for a very worthy cause and they are very cute. If you have kids, make sure to find the time to take them. Everybody loves pandas but especially the little ones if the reaction of those children I saw there was anything to go by.