Now Playing at BIOS Monthly

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Now playing at Fuhe Theater 福和大戲院.

Recently my work on this blog was featured in an article by Nien Ping Yu 于念平 for the Chinese language web magazine BIOS Monthly. The article, loosely translated as Canadian Cultural Blogger: Even Unremarkable Places Have History (加拿大文化部落客: 再平凡的地方都有歷史), was based on a sprawling conversation we had in person rather than an email questionnaire. Mostly we spoke about themes and practices commonly seen on this blog: discovering history through the exploration of lost and neglected places, revealing intriguing connections through observations of synchronicity, and using photography as a documentarian medium rather than focusing solely on aesthetic appeal.

Several of my original photographs are featured in the article, some of which have already appeared on this blog (for example Fugang Old Street 富岡老街 and Changhua Roundhouse 彰化扇形車庫) along with others yet to be published (mostly from the infamous Fuhe Grand Theater 福和大戲院 in ). Other adventures referenced in the text include forthcoming material about Dadong Theater 大東戲院 in and the Liuzhangli Muslim Cemetery 六張犁的回教公墓 here in .

Nakagusuku Kogen Hotel in a LIFE Books Special

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My photo of a haunted hotel in Okinawa in LIFE Books.

Last year one of my photos from Nakagusuku Kogen Hotel 中城高原ホテル was picked up by LIFE Books for the publication of The World’s Most Haunted Places. I have yet to complete my own write-up of this fantastical and awe-inspiring ruin in but I will certainly get around to it sooner or later. Appearing in a LIFE publication of any kind is also pretty cool even if it isn’t the original magazine, which my mother used to collect and keep around the house while I was growing up. She proudly bought a couple copies when she heard the news and the special hit the supermarket stands back home in .

Qiaoyou Building In The News

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The headline reads something like “Canadian photographer braves the ruins to show you what’s inside”. My interior shots are below the fold.

Photos from my exploration of the Qiaoyou Building 喬友大廈 in were in the Taiwanese news recently. UDN published a story that sparked a fair amount of sharing and discussion on Facebook most prominently here and here.

A Muslim demonstration in Ximending

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Indonesian migrant workers demonstrating in Ximenting.

Today I was surprised to see a small group of Muslims at the entrance to , a popular entertainment and shopping district in the northern part of in . The area around exit 6 of Ximen Station is more commonly used for busking, not political demonstrations, and is always busy with pedestrian traffic during the day. It isn’t common to see anything like this in so I stopped to see what was going on.

Swordfish Hinava

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Swordfish hinava at the Tip Top Restaurant in Kudat.

Some time ago I was amused to find that a photograph of mine was featured in the Wikipedia entry for Hinava, a kind of indigenous Sabahan ceviche consisting of fresh fish cured in citrus juice. This particular example features swordfish and was captured at Tip Top Restaurant, named for its close proximity to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, the northernmost tip of Borneo, the third-largest island in the world, while staying at the nearby eco-resort Tampat do Aman in . As for the dish? Delicious.

Thoughtless Music Album Artwork Retrospective

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From 2010 to 2014 I was a regular contributor to album artwork for releases on Thoughtless Music, Noah Pred‘s forward-thinking house and techno label, which made use of approximately 50 of my original photographs from travels around , , New York City, , , , , , and . Looking back on this discography is a reminder of where I’ve been for most of the last five years of my life as well as a broad overview of my development as a photographer. Gathered here are five sets of nine covers featuring my work for Thoughtless Music.

Taiwanese Tabloids and the Bad Foreigner Stereotype

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Slightly more than a week ago I returned to after visiting family in for the summer. Something unusual happened while I was suspended in air: Apple Daily 蘋果日報 ran a rather unflattering story based on photos I uploaded to Flickr from two preliminary expeditions to Jingyin Temple 淨因寺, an abandoned temple in , just in time for ghost month. After landing I checked my messages in the airport and was shocked to find my inbox flooded with dozens of messages from Taiwanese acquaintances, most of them joking about my newfound infamy. Welcome to Taiwan! At the time I hadn’t the slightest idea how far the story had spread, nor did I realize how much other Taiwanese tabloids had distorted the details to manufacture controversy and incite outrage. Now that my 15 minutes are up, I’d like to reflect on what happened—and where Taiwan’s yellow press went wrong.

An Unfinished Bridge in Pingxi

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A bridge under construction in Pingxi in early 2013.

This image was a big hit on Reddit and landed in a popular Atlas Obscura collection of bridges to nowhere. To provide a little background, this is not an abandoned or forgotten bridge—it was still under construction when I wandered through , , in early 2013. This bridge is part of the newly opened Jīfú Road 基福公路 segment of Highway 2丙, which connects with Fulong in (hence the name of the rode; it is a common practice to name rural roads for their starting and ending points in Taiwan). Apparently this road was 20 years in the making, if this exhaustive report (in Chinese, with lots of photos) is trustworthy. At present, Google Street View still shows the bridge under construction in 2012.