Meeting some people makes you understand what real friendship means, as they make you feel as if you have known each other for a long time. Some places make you fall in love at first sight, and Taiwan is one of them!
During the one week in Taichung and Kaohsiung, I felt myself luckily transformed into a Teru teru bozu thanks to a blue sky everywhere since the moment my flight landed in Taichung. A short 20-minute drive brought me to Gaomei Wetlands, a place I had been longing to visit for a long time. The windmills stood tall in a straight line, making the place seem a fairytale land no matter looked at closely or seen from a distance. Lovers and friends jumped and ran in rapture or took a walk whispering in the wilderness, leaving pictures about light and shadow. As the sun set close to the hills behind the windmills, I pressed the shutter and froze the moment of touching beauty and preserved it forever- what more joy could a photographer ask for?
Everywhere we go we learn stories of the people there, where they come from and how they grow up. There are a dozen aboriginal groups in Taiwan, scattered around the island. Their stories are century-old legends from clashing, adjusting to blending that are very distant from ours. I was fortunate to have met their inner beauty and strength here. To preserve aboriginal lifestyle, a single mother with artistic talents opened a glaze store here 9 years ago. She taught female aboriginals how to create colorful glaze jewelry and accessories which took both gentleness and strength. Then they started feeding livestock and growing vegetables to supply healthy ingredients to a café located above the glaze workshop so that it could be self-sufficient. Oh, how I miss the fragrant coffee made from coffee beans grown since the Japanese occupation era in that café!
The fascination about Taiwan is full of reasons. Her life alive with of diverse and mutual tolerance and artist creations from aboriginal times to contemporary age make us shrug off trouble and cleanse our mind. With their ideas and stories, creators use colors and lines to break expression forms and theme ideas that are more important to inspire creation possibilities that you and I have never thought of. In fact, a lot of works that are considered great depend on their theme ideas.
Take the Formosa Boulevard Station in Kaohsiung for example. Italian designer tells a story of life: from the beginning of life to its glory days, then its destruction by undesired wars and human struggles, finally the rebirth of the fire phoenix with shock and grandeur. Every piece of glaze tells a story that touches our hearts, waiting for us to appreciate it in the greatest detail. In the Pier-2 Art Center, I discovered new interpretations of fashion and personality shown to the public in a straightforward creating style. From murals that cover that entire building exterior, to hand-painted robots against the blue sky, to cafes that we long for, all these things give performers the fantastic power of creation…Power of creation is really fantastic!