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‘Islands of the World’ Book Cover

In news, Showcase, Taiwan on June 30, 2010 at 10:16 pm

My photo of the Queen’s guard in London has been published on one of the covers of a two-volume set on ‘Islands of the World,’ a series of features by Rhythms Monthly magazine from Taiwan. The photo of the guards in their bearskin hats at a post-Olympics  (2008) homecoming parade present a striking contrast to the East-Timor fishermen on the other cover. Completed over almost three years, the project encompassed a sort of comparative look at various islands’ histories and culture, a chance for the Taiwanese readership to consider how other islands have developed.

Having joined the magazine in the final year of the project, my contributions include features on Great Britain, Japan and Ireland. Click the links to check out work for those stories, along with tearsheets here.

The two books come in a simple but elegant cardboard holder, that show uncropped versions of the cover image.


Happy Chinese New Year from Taiwan

In Taiwan on February 15, 2010 at 11:54 pm

A happy Chinese New Year from Taiwan, where festivities and bad weather are in full swing! The coming year promises a number of interesting assignments, which I plan to share here on the Forking Paths. Below are some of the photos I took over the past few days of New Year activities, including (in order) ringing in the new year at Dharma Drum Mountain (法鼓山) with a sutra-inscribed 25 tonne bell, the gentler side of fireworks madness at Guandu, and crowds queuing up
to rub the Folk deity Tudigong’s (土地公) beard. I’ve started shooting with a new Nikon D3s – which has amazing hi-iso light sensitivity – allowing for images like the one in the center of the father and son. Click any of the images for a larger view.

Taipei Pillow Fight, 2010 Panorama | 臺北街頭枕頭大戰 |

In Fun, Taiwan on January 2, 2010 at 9:13 pm

A massive pillow fight at Taipei’s Chiang Kai Shek Memorial organized on Facebook, where it was termed 臺北街頭枕頭大戰 (loosely translated: ‘Taipei Street Corner Pillow Fight Battle Royale’.) Click the image above to experience the interactive panorama of the mêlée.

The event barely ran 15 minutes before it was broken up by some flustered security guards – still, quite a bizarre and wonderful scene while it lasted. Turnout was tiny compared to similar events elsewhere. This was probably one of the trickier panoramas I’ve pulled off, but it pales technically compared to this NYC pillow fight pano. I shot the pano with 4 images using the D3 and a Sigma 8mm on a tripod post that I held above my head, shooting with an intervalometer. Sure, it looked goofy – but it worked! The ambient sound was recorded separately on a Zoom H4n.

If you’re in Taipei and missed the fun, a second round might come about on April 4, 2010 — Worldwide Pillow Fight Day.

National Film Board of Canada | Highrise Tainan, Taiwan

In Multimedia, Taiwan on December 11, 2009 at 9:27 pm

I’m currently wrapping up some multimedia work in Tainan, Taiwan, my mother’s hometown, for a wonderfully ambitious project from the National Film Board of Canada. True to the forkingpaths spirit, the entire project showcases 6-10 nested mini-stories within a novel panoramic interface. I’ll be sure to share further details and post a link when the site is updated, but for now here is a ‘pre-site.‘ To give you a sense of the scope, here’s the TRAILER to the project and the blurb :

This is a *pre-site* for HIGHRISE, a multi-year, multi-media, collaborative documentary project about the human experience in global vertical suburbs. We will use the acclaimed interventionist and participatory approaches of the award-winning National Film Board of Canada’s Filmmaker-in-Residence (FIR) project. Our scale will be global, but rooted firmly in the FIR philosophy — putting people, process, creativity, collaboration, and innovation first.

Taipei Gay Pride Parade 2009 | Interactive panoramas

In Panography, Taiwan on November 4, 2009 at 5:08 pm


Two interactive panoramas I made at last weekend’s gay pride parade, here in Taipei, Taiwan. Widely reported as Asia’s largest LGBT parade, the number of supporters that walked through downtown Taipei was cited as high as 25,000. Even while Taiwan remains one of the more open societies regarding tolerance of homosexuality, gay rights remain limited in terms of military service and parental choice. A week previous, there was a conservative counter-protest, with a tenth of the following.

The pano featured above has some of the most interesting lighting conditions I’ve captured in a 360 VR environment. Take a look!

Featured Taiwanese photographers

In Taiwan on November 4, 2009 at 4:57 pm


Interesting photo series from Taiwanese photographers over at the Black Snapper, including the photo above, from a collection of profiles of monks by Chiang Su Hsien :

Taiwan International Visual Arts Center (TIVAC) is presenting a week of young Taiwanese photographers selected for their strong connections to Taiwanese culture and traditions. Established in 1995, TIVAC is a private-owned, professional and open forum for those interested in visual images in Taiwan and internationally. Against the background of a global diversifying trend in the visual arts, curating policies have extended into the art of computer-generated images, documentary photography , and visual design.

Taiwan Baseball, Wang Chien-Ming, Weekly Panorama

In Panography, SoundRecording, Sports, Taiwan on August 3, 2009 at 12:23 am

bballAn interactive panorama from this weekend’s Uni-President baseball game in Taipei’s Tienmu stadium. I’ve included some ambient sound for full immersive effect, from recordings I picked up with the Nikon D3’s inbuilt mic.

The two teams’ names were preceded by their corporate sponsors – the 7-11 Lions and the LaNew (leather shoe brand) Bears. Originally introduced by the Japanese, baseball has been played in Taiwan for over 100 years. A raging national sport in the past few decades, Taiwan is currently suffering from the shame of getting trounced in the recent World Baseball Classic, by China of all teams.

Local No.1 baseball celebrity, Wang Chien-Ming, ace pitcher for the NY Yankees, is profiled in a somewhat stiff but revealing (Secret parents! He likes marbles!) multimedia piece here, with a feature profile here. Read the rest of this entry »

Monday Pano : Yangmingshan Outdoor Hotspring

In Fun, Panography, Taiwan on July 27, 2009 at 12:25 am


Here’s the first in what I aim to make a weekly panorama feature on this blog.

This panorama is from a recent visit to the wonderful Bayen (8 wisps of steam) outdoor hotsprings, which is to my mind, quintessential Taiwan. Despite the 20 minute mountain hike past 3 ‘safety’ warning signs declaring 500USD fines, this place always has some satisfied, often retired, patrons fixing their n’th pot of tea. And that goes for whenever I’ve visited, be it during a medium typhoon, late at night and even mid-day on the hottest days of summer. Of course if it ever gets too hot, part of the charm of the place is the river that runs by right next to the hot pools.

Check out the other weekly panoramas and posts about panography here.

Taipei Photowalk 2009 : VR Photography

In Equipment, Panography, Taiwan on July 20, 2009 at 2:05 pm


An interactive panoramic photo of the Taipei Photowalk 2009 event this last Sunday. (Click here or on the photo to explore the panorama)  I had a heartbreaking 16GB CF card crash mid-transfer the same night and out of what I managed to save (the card’s with professionals now, fingers crossed) were just 3 fisheye images, from which I made this pano. More on VR (“Virtual Reality”) photography after the jump.
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