It’s here. The Phottix Odin, an ETTL capable remote flash trigger that has just hit the market. The release announcement was today and they will start shipping next week. I’ll add some links to the Phottix Store as soon as it’s ready to buy. From talk that’s gone on around the photography world in recent months, this is a device that has been eagerly awaited by many since it was first announced earlier this year. As a Phottix-sponsored photographer, I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time over the past few months testing with demo samples of the Odin and providing some feedback to Phottix from real world situations. Now that it’s been released, I can offer you my thoughts on this unit. What follows is based on my experiences with the Odin and is in no way influenced by my relationship with Phottix.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a long history throughout the Chinese world and includes such practices as acupuncture, massage, herbal medicines and dietary therapy. Throughout Asia, TCM healers can easily be found and for many people, they are the first choice when illness strikes. In the Western world, the practice still exists under the “alternative therapies” label. Health is looked at in a holistic or whole body manner, and disease is indicative of an unbalanced state. While the oldest evidence of the practice of TCM dates back to the Shang Dynasty (14th-11th centuries BCE), the oldest received work is Huangdi Neijing or the Yellow Emperors Inner Canon from around the first century BCE. Huangdi (the Yellow Emperor) is believed to be the ancestor of all Chinese and the founder of Chinese civilization. Ceremonies paying respect to Huangdi take place during the Qingming Festival held in early April throughout Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and other Chinese-influenced communities.
Today marks the official launch of my fine art photography book, Dreams of Future Past, that explores some abandoned structures throughout Taiwan. In many ways, Taiwan is any urban explorers dream destination and I focus on three specific sites. Included within are images from the San-zhr pod village, the Taiwan futuro village and the Katoli’s World Amusement park. Of the three sites, only the futuro village is still standing so there will be no more opportunities to see work from San-zhr or Katoli’s World.
Fellow Taiwan photographer Rich Matheson recently pinged me in the seven links blogging project. In essence it requires a blogger to mine their blogging archives and give a bit of new life to some old content in a variety of different categories. Not a bad idea but not as easy as it sounds. This post marks by 909th blog post and trying to search through all the previous hundreds of posts is time-consuming to say the least. So for my contribution to the seven links project, I’m going to change the rules and post seven photo slideshows, each of which fit the category and already appear on my website. So without further ado, here they are.
Song Jiang Zhen battle array is a martial or military arts troupe. Dating back to the early Qing Dynasty in Taiwan, they historically numbered 108 members but nowadays 36 is more common. While they do have a reputation of being fierce fighters, particularly in various uprisings during the Japanese colonial era of Taiwan (1895-1945), today they exist as ceremonial and performance troupe only. They can regularly be seen participating in important religious events, and every year there is a major competition for the various troupes held in Neimen, Kaohsiung.
A lot of the weapons used by the troupe were originally modifications of agricultural implements and farming tools. Even today, they still use actual tools in the performances, and injuries can and do happen from time to time.