A vintage look to the future
Taipei is a city of fusions, elements that seem opposite to each other but coexist in harmony. Ancient shrines and avant-garde architecture. Ever-expanding metro lines and endless hiking trails. Traditional markets and sleepless convenience stores. Old streets and luxurious shopping districts.
However, It is easy to fall into the spell of routine and just overlook these charms. Like some kind of selective blindness, in time they become invisible. This is when shooting on film is a great exercise for the eyes to break through that monotony, and it might as well be the ultimate test of photography skills. No screen, preview button, or erase pictures. Thus, photographing Taipei’s postmodern life with a film camera, and only 36 “attempts” in a roll to get composition and exposure right in every shot, is another form of fusion.
This gallery is the outcome of that little extra effort to see through the shroud of what might seem ordinary, to portray future views with past technology. An XXI century lifestyle captured in film.
All pictures were taken with a Canon EOS Rebel II camera system (Cosina lens 28-105 mm, f/2.8-3.8) and, Kodak and Fujifilm 35 mm, ISO 400 film.
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