Many of the people that recycle here in Taiwan are elderly people with homes and families. That's right-it's granny out collecting stuff to sell for extra spending money. I know quite a few are a little embarrassed by it but in fact I salute them Using their energy to remove unwanted items, put them back to use and be paid for it-that's all kinds of cool!
I find less and less people smoking here. Wish I could say the same about the Chinese tourists. This guy is a worker at a big market-among the blue collar crowd smoking is still pretty popular.
When I was growing up there were no cell phones. I remember my first Radio Shack Walkie Talkie . Sneakers(what we called athletic shoes in Brooklyn) were available in a few colors. Eyeglass frames about the same. Now we really live in a world of color:our consumable products scream that out to us.
Golden Earring: Radar Love
While the weather was rainy the mood and spirit of the Pazeh people and guests at the LiYu Lake,SanYi, Taiwan Pazeh New Year celebration was quite warm and sunny. There were performances from several Pazeh groups, Saisiyat, other PingPu and Hakkas-so truly a multi-cultural festivity. I've mentioned previously the struggle for PingPu indigenous people's rights here in Taiwan. Their cultures are in jeopardy of extinction. My friend Jason wrote an excellent article on that here. The variety of costumes and performances were all great, but my favorite performance and costume had to be the 2 Saisiyat children pictured above with the bamboo tube instruments attached to their clothing. They kept the beat for the rest of the troupe with coordinated movements. Cool to look at and hear as well. Here is the link to the rest of the set from that day.
Lone subject sitting and chatting on the cell phone. Quickly becoming the most ubiquitous nerve center of personal communication in real-time.
A group of men sit around the Chinese chess board in Taichung Park. Not a whole lot different than what happens in NYC's Washington Square Park. Just half way around the world, more Chinese people and Chinese version of chess, not Bobby Fisher's.
Fellow standing with cap on-don't know why. Maybe it's the color of the wall or the wooden texture but this shot makes me feel like summertime at some lake somewhere. Not a worry or a care in the world.
The Police-Every Little Thing She Does is Magic This is one of my favorite songs from the Police after they grew from being a grungy bar band into more rounded pop group. I love the calypso fun house kind of feel it has. Makes me feel like I'm lost inside a kaleidoscope.
Wow,what a wonderful time I had at the Pazeh Festival in AiLan, Puli,Taiwan. My good friend Michael:潘英寬 invited me and hooked me up with a really cool Pazeh traditional hat. So many great smiling faces, colorful outfits, dances, songs, and events. Even got to try some authentic Pazeh cuisine involving some little fish and river shrimp raw in millet spirit marinade. Kind of like herring type treatment. Felt really welcome and had a blast with the AiLan Pazeh. In case you are interested they are working on official status (with some government reluctance) as one of Taiwan's indigenous Pingpu Tribes (flat land aborigines from Taiwan's western coastal plains). Hope the government here in Taiwan ponies up and recognizes them and several other tribes still lacking official recognition. They need the resources and support to maintain their culture and languages-a fair and reasonable request since they had their land taken away-right?
Here is link for Slideshow.
Probably one of my favorite industrial design items of all time is the Vespa Scooter: stylish, sexy, timeless, simple, iconic, just to name a few. Here in Taiwan there are still many of the original mostly metal shell ones around and in use. Of course there are also many that have given up the ghost and are used for spare parts.
Tommy Bolin-Teaser One of the greats that was too unknown and left too early. More Joe Walsh than Joe Walsh IMHO.