Bopiliao Historic Block.

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We were lost, for a while, amidst the well-preserved shop houses and busy streets of Bopiliao (剝皮寮歷史街區). The Wanhua district is one of the oldest parts of Taipei and perhaps most visited for the famous Longshan Temple (艋舺龍山寺). I have a soft spot in my heart for aged communities that have been left behind by time, like this one. We watched the sun set for the day on a footbridge just outside one of the night markets and it was such a perfect end to the day.

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On the Golden Half.

I’m really, really excited to share these – the last time I used my Golden Half was almost a year ago and if you’ve read my Film Camera Guide, you might remember that I’ve never particularly rendered results I am pleased with using this camera. 72 frames is just so difficult to finish up I end up snapping really mindlessly, which doesn’t help in producing okay photographs at all.

This time, though, I told myself to be as patient as I can and finally got photos that work as double frames, photos that I always hoped to take with this camera. Better late than never, I suppose!

Agfa Vista Plus 200, Golden Half

Taipei World Design Expo 2011 on the Golden Half.

We visited the Taipei World Design Expo at Songshan Cultural & Creative Park (beautiful baroque architecture which used to be a tobacco factory) about two weeks ago. Despite the queues, I had a lot of fun browsing; free entry was definitely a huge plus point. There were many different themes on exhibition: interior design, industrial design, graphic design, craft design, as well as a special focus on the works of Taiwanese designers.

I didn’t think I was going to take more than the two pictures above on my Golden Half because it really doesn’t work well in low-light and indoor situations but I’m so glad I did take the ones below. The first three are beautifully designed light fixtures on exhibit and the last one outside a boiler-room-turned-theater.

Kodak UltraMax 400, Golden Half