July 2009

Remain in light(well sort of…)

07.31.2009 by Mark Forman
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Remain in Light was one of my favorite album titles by one of my favorite bands: Talking Heads. In this case it is partially representative of whatI'm trying to do with my photography. I said "partially" because to embrace light also means to embrace the shadow that it causes and the edge of darkness it fades […]


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It’s Official…a Winner!

07.29.2009 by Mark Forman
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For the Taichung chapter of the Scott Kelby's 2nd Worldwide Photo Walk we had several more people that showed up and participated (yeah for participation but boo I can't enter them in the official contest) than signed up at the website. You can see all of the entries here. Alas, there is only 1 winner in every […]


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A City Grows…

07.28.2009 by Mark Forman
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I remember the first time over 20 years ago that I visited Taichung. I liked it right off-milder weather than Taipei, friendlier people, less chaotic pace. Then it hit me-Taichung seemed like the perfect balance of city and country in terms of its flow and feel. In fairness to Taipei I lived there at one of the […]


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Flourishing Plain: FengYuan

07.27.2009 by Mark Forman
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FengYuan is a place I've had an interesting relationship with during my over 20 years of time in central Taiwan. It is the largest city in Taichung County(all of Taichung County soon to be merged Taichung City as new municipality) with  and has a vital temple/commercial culture at and around the Matsu Temple. In my […]


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Lukang: Lifestyle in Historic Town

07.24.2009 by Mark Forman
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Lukang is a town rich with commercial and cultural history-odd how those to are often linked. The arts have always been primarily funded by wealthy patrons. In Lukang much art is displayed in it's many temples. These 2 were taking advantage of teh shade offered by temple and kicking it with a game of Chinese chess. […]


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Worldwide Photo Walk-Under Gray Skies

07.22.2009 by Mark Forman
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A while back Craig Ferguson wrote a post on lighting and mentioned how overcast days were some of the best for shooting photos. At the time I thought he was daft. I was always of the mindset that you must have nice rich lighting and ideally golden early morning or late afternoon with the best […]


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World Photo Walk-Taichung post facto

07.20.2009 by Mark Forman
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One of the key components of any photo walk and especially a World Photo Walk is a camera. Here one of our team is sitting checking his out in Taichung Park. A dirty window acts as cool filter. Ducked indoors to First Square to escape drizzle and get some indoor(in this case outdoors from indoors) shots. Couldn't […]


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Lukang: Long Shan Temple

07.15.2009 by Mark Forman
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I recently spent a magical day trip to Lukang, Taiwan. Magical because it was a great father and son time with my son Kevin, the place was empty allowing for much cleaner images and easier access to shots, and good exercise traversing the historic downtown area from near to the Matsu Tian Hou Gong Temple(most […]


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She’s Out of My Life

07.14.2009 by Mark Forman
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When I spotted this soft billboard (a style very popular in Taiwan made of printed plastic canvas) I had one of those "That Girl" moments:  iconic, commercial, fashion, Madison Avenue, trite and surreal. Nice and right there in my face. So I captured the moment for posterity. Now the question is what about those real "That […]


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I Need a Break

07.12.2009 by Mark Forman
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We all get the blues. I know everyone of us has been in this man's spot at least once. Things just not going our way and feeling the weight of life's pressures. This man was chilling in the Long Shan Temple-maybe organizing his thoughts, maybe came to burn some incense and hope for better fortune...maybe, […]


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