Indisposable Concept.


Back in August I took up the idea of participating in the Indisposable Concept which, in their very own words, is the process of using one roll of film from one disposable camera to capture and sharing the world around you. I was at a bit of a loss at the beginning, not really sure where and what to point my camera at. In that week I was visiting the soon-to-be demolished Huaguang Community (華光社區) and so I found myself with a disposable camera in a place that was in the process of being disposed of.

“For decades, the community was home to families who lived there for generations since the Japanese colonial era, families who retreated with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) from China to Taiwan in 1949, and the poor and disadvantaged who moved from villages in the countryside to Taipei to seeking a better life in the 1950s and 1960s.

The government initially planned to develop the community on the model of New York’s Wall Street, but last year decided to remodel the area into a “Roppongi District” — a district in Tokyo famed for its nightclubs.

However, that idea was dropped after a proposal was put forward this year that the former air force headquarters on Renai Rd be turned into a Taiwanese version of Roppongi.

The forced eviction of families and demolition of the Huaguang Community, which began a few years ago and was finished earlier this year, was one of the most controversial land expropriation cases in recent years.”

Shih Hsiu-chuan for Taipei Times














Negative0-08-04(1)Kodak 800, Kodak Fun Saver

17 comments on “Indisposable Concept.

  1. Your photos make me want to know what it was like to live in that community. Like in the first and last photos, I can imagine neighbors chitchatting in those alleys during the day or in the evening. There’s an eerie feeling that I get from those two. Was it the same for you when you were there?

    1. Yes, Tammy, I felt exactly the same while I was there. By the time I visited, we were two days away from the official tear down, and most of the houses have been dilapidated and empty for a long time. I saw literally two persons who seemed like they were still living there and one old lady who was picking away at her mess of things, looking like she was trying to decide which to save and which to throw out.

    1. Thank you, Rhianne! I’m always tempted to buy more disposable cameras but having tried it twice now I’m afraid to say that it adds a little bit of stress trying to finish up the roll (which I know one should not feel at all!).

  2. You used the Indisposable Concept so beautifully, a poignant reminder of a displaced community. Each detail captured is so emotive. Love the work Katie!

    1. Thank you so much, awono! This was a case of pleasant results from not over-thinking, which I definitely did enjoy. I also feel that it’s important that I went to document this community I wished we had tried harder to save.

    1. Thank you Anotonella for your very kind words, although I will not deny I am very pleased with these pictures and they will always have a special place in my heart. :)

  3. Oh man I love your photos. In such a messy, crazy setting you still manage to find a structure in the composition…inspiring. You know that a photographer is talented when the photos stir something inside you, and these stir something inside me :)

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