Arriving in Lanyu / Orchid Island / 蘭嶼.

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Lanyu (蘭嶼), which translates literally into Orchid Island, is a high island off the southeastern coast of Taiwan and home to the Tao (達悟族), a group of Taiwanese aboriginal people. You’ll spot a lot of colors, motifs and art that are distinctive to the aboriginals in some of my photographs taken in Lanyu.

We had planned a very short getaway and to save time we chose to travel by air. It was a 15-minute flight from Taitung Airport in what I would call the smallest airplane ever (it sits 19) and our hearts were in our throats the whole damn time.

Despite my general disdain for airplanes, Lanyu is so beautiful that I never had the time to worry about our impending plane ride back, not even once, while we were there. We rode on the scooter our guesthouse owner rented to us (unfortunately not the one pictured below) and rode round and round the island, discovering something new to stop for every so often.

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Negative0-28-27A(1)Konica Centuria Super 400 (expired), Pentax K1000


Angle Cafe / 自家烘焙咖啡館.

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Most of the time I find it hard to explain to people why I have a camera with me all time, why I enjoy the act of taking photographs so immensely. Photographs like these answer the question – looking at them takes me back to the beautiful day on which I took a thirty minute walk to this particular cafe; I can still feel the warmth of the sunlight on my back while sitting in this clean, bright space, even though it’s been months and months.

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A Family House.

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I have one more roll of this expired film and can’t wait to get magical tones like these once again.

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A Scuba-Diving Trip.

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Months ago I had the chance to tag along on a scuba-diving trip at Longdong Bay (龍洞灣), along the Northeast coastline. While my friends were in the water I took a long, slow walk in the village sitting beside the sea – I will share those photographs in another post but first, here are some of when they were preparing for their scuba-diving.

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Negative0-17-16A(1)Kodak Gold 100 (expired), Vivitar 220/SL