The kids had a blast at the Mutou Wood Tourism Factory [老樹根魔法木工坊] in Taichung City. I’m usually skeptical of any location with the words tourism factory in the title. They are usually dry, guided tours that always conclude with a gift shop. This one however gives you a bag of marbles with admission for some of the outdoor games, has some creative playground equipment for children, and a DIY area to construct and paint objects ranging from stools, pinwheels, and pencil holders. Most of the photographs here feature my son because my daughter was busy painting with her mother in the DIY area while Nathan was playing in the outdoor area.
During the Double Ten holiday I met up with photographers Mark Forman, Darren Melrose, David Lin, and Joe Lin for the first ever Google+ Photowalk held in Taiwan. We met at Taichung Train Station and worked our way through Jianguo Market, Taichung Park, and Yizhong Street. Here’s a small collection of photographs taken during the walk:
My kindergarten class had the opportunity to go on a long overdue field trip to the National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung. This post contains a small collection of photographs that don’t include my students [actually, the only photographs that don’t include students]:
On Saturday, I met up with bloggers Mark Forman and David Reid for a photowalk in downtown Taichung. Our walk took us through areas near Taichung Train Station. Walking across from the station we began our tour through a once robust area which has decreased in importance as Taichung’s center of gravity has shifted. The photo used at the top of this post is of one of the many abandoned buildings which are prevalent on that side of town. We walked through the Jade Market and Taichung Park before heading to Yizhong Street and completing our loop back to the train station.
I met up with Mark and David for the Taichung-edition of Scott Kelby’s Third Annual Worldwide Photowalk. Mark led us around Taichung’s West District on a hot and overcast Saturday afternoon. Although I didn’t come back with any stellar shots, it was a lot of fun exploring with great company.
We headed to Taichung City’s Chun An Military Dependents’ Village [春安眷村] this morning before the heavy rains came. The village has become popular from the paintings by Huang Yung-fu [黃永阜], a veteran in his mid-80s who has transformed this once nondescript village into a vibrant tourist destination for young couples and families.
As mentioned in the yesterday’s post, over the weekend I met up with Mark Forman, David Ried, and Darren Melrose for a photowalk in Taichung. My previous post featured my favorite photographs from Saturday’s get-together taken by the other photographers. Mark, David, and Darren have also posted their favorite photographs from everyone.
Here are six of my own shots that I took during the photowalk that I personally like and weren’t featured elsewhere:
Over the weekend I met up with Taichung-based photographer/blogger Mark Forman over in his stomping grounds for some photography and conversation. Our first stop was Taichung’s Jianguo Market [建國市場], located a stone’s throw from the train station. Like others in Taiwan, the market is a total assault on the senses. I am gradually getting over my apprehension to photograph strangers thanks in part to an excellent guide written by Darren Melrose last year and in part to taking walks like this and realizing I can only take so many pictures of fresh produce on a table. For those waiting for my still life pictures from the walk, you’ll have to wait because they are sitting on an unfinished roll in my FM2.