Monday, November 21, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
A few weekends ago, I had the chance to visit Hong Kong. I've had a love hate relationship with the small region, mostly leaning towards hate. You can thank the backwards relationship the US has with Taiwan, and not having an embassy within the country. This forces American nationals to fly overseas to obtain a visa, often termed a "visa run," and Hong Kong is the likely place for visa runs for Americans in Taiwan. So up until now, my relationship with Hong Kong, the birthplace of my father, father's father, and so on, has not held a dear place in my heart. Instead it represented red tape beaurocratic BS, wasted time, and light pockets. This trip was different, however, it being a mini vacation. I went with my girlfriend who said her airline miles would soon expire, and we should go on a trip. She also said she'd take me to some places with photo ops. I felt it strange I was actually looking forward to the trip across the straight. Hong Kong is a large and busy city. It gave me a great opportunity to practice something I rarely do: shoot street people. This was something that didn't come quickly for me because of my initial fear of intruding on other's privacy. But with a little longer lens than I'm used to using, I was able to surreptitiously photograph others. Another benefit the distance allows is more candid expressions and actions, not posed movements or an awareness of being photographed.
It's been way too long since my last post. Over two years in fact. From the looks of the last post, I was still living the homestead dream in my parents house. Since then, much and little has changed. After gallivanting around Japan for two months, I moved back to Taiwan in December 2009. And I have been here ever since. I stayed in the capital, my previous residence, for a year before moving to Tainan, a southern city in Taiwan, and previous capital. The move was initiated by my then girlfriend and now wife. Since I've returned to the country ancient Portuguese called "Ilha Formosa," I've fallen for photography. If you look at my previous posts, they were mainly focused on gardening, permaculture, and self-sustainability. These things are still very important, but not the center of my attention at the moment. The posts will continue to be about issues that are dear to my sensibilities. In fact, just like my life, what you read here will swing all around the map. But I have also started a new website devoted to my journey into photography. You can find it here.