August 2009

SunCake Lounge-Images

08.31.2009 by Mark Forman
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A few months back Jean Marais known more commonly as MoShang the Sound Jeweler mentioned to me that he had a new musical project going with guitarist Chris Baily. That got me very excited because I knew and liked Chris' work. Jean had already used one of my images for another EP he did called […]

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Returning to the scene…

08.31.2009 by Mark Forman
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Way back in the early days of my Taiwan experience (1987) I was living in Taipei. The city was going through major tumult due to economic boom and related real estate development activities. Building more tall buildings and tearing up roads in the already crowded city to build the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). I was […]


Hut 2,3,4

08.28.2009 by Mark Forman
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Thanks to many of you for views and comments on the 1st part of this CKS Memorial Honor Guard series. Several of my Taiwan photographer friends also voiced surprise that the Honor Guard was back in commission. Here you can see them lining up after doing an elaborate series of hoisting and spinning their rifle,s […]



08.26.2009 by Mark Forman
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Recently my family and I made a day trip up to Taipei, Taiwan's hustling and bustling capital city. I hadn't been here in quite a few years. Since my son knew Taipei less well than I, he was allowed to suggest places to see after we took care of the business side of the trip. […]



08.24.2009 by Mark Forman
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It was the day after the Worldwide Photo Walk (winners and worthy mentions here and here) and I asked my son Kevin what he felt like doing. Kevin's response was to ride the train somewhere. After discussing we decided upon Hsinchu. It's about 50 minutes north of us by train. Hsinchu is a town primarily of Hakka […]


The Faces of Morning

08.21.2009 by Mark Forman
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She rises early to make breakfast for her customers. In her case a traditional Taiwanese rice ball. Her daughter assists here while on school break. The mantou/baozi man steaming his goods all day long. His living and his part in keeping people fed and energized for the tasks of their day. How many meals has she […]


Onward in light

08.17.2009 by Mark Forman
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In Taiwan many  old trees are venerated as something sacred and mysterious. They will often be in the middle of a main road which will detour around it. Inevitably they'll erect a small temple underneath them. Many find temples a good place to chill and even catch a few winks. They fulfill a social community […]


Bridges Now and Future: Morakot

08.14.2009 by Mark Forman
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I did this photo session a couple of weeks back way before Typhoon Morakot was in the news and worse in Taiwan dumping over a years worth of rain (about 7') in 2 days on parts of Taiwan. One of the worst outcomes was many 78 (49 re-opened but 29 still out) bridges got damaged or destroyed […]

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People(not the Barbra Streisand song)

08.11.2009 by Mark Forman
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The song (People) was a big hit when I was a kid. It was over the top and smarmy (I'm being redundant since it was a pop song) but we can't escape the main thrust of the song: in our life it's all about people, like it or not. I think this guy is "loving […]


Typhoon Morakot coming

08.10.2009 by Mark Forman
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The sky facing north east. Taiwan's typhoons (Morakot included) almost all come in from the south east and generally hit the east coast, southern and northern Taiwan pretty hard. The reason that Taichung and central Taiwan are spared to some extent is due to the height and proximity to the Central Mountain Range which blocks the brunt […]

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