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Junction are minimal desk accessories created by Taipei-based designers Singular Concept. The idea came from the pumping valves, drainage pipes that are hidden in the corners of train terminals and abandoned factories. Imaging the circulation in between pipelines and junctions, gives inspiration to the installation of table top of everyday life. Junction is designed to be a standalone container for cut flower, or to form a set of stationary holder that can mix and match.

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台北吉祥 / 台北街視
須田一政

1940 年出生的我,可說是與日本的高度發展一起成長,對我而言,街道的劇烈變化、或是迎接著明日的人們的活力,就是我的一種營養劑。

但隨著時間,那種活力也逐漸從日本的街道消失,當我正覺得日本人的面孔已經一致化之時,我第一次造訪台北。儘管初次踏上台灣的土地,我竟感到有些懷念,心中鼓動著已被我忘卻的興奮——因為在這裡,街道的空氣充滿著那生氣,人們的生活裡漂浮著濃郁情感。從那之後的幾年,我幾乎每年都來到台灣拍照,並在日本的雜誌上發表。現在回想起來,我之所以不斷按下快門,或許來自某種近似「望鄉」的情緒吧。

在我拍攝台灣與台北的作品中,既有黑白也有彩色。雖然對我而言兩者幾乎沒有差異,但當我拍攝彩色時,我感到我並非追尋著自己心中的影像,而更多是被真實的、強烈的被攝體所觸發。

「台北吉祥」可說就是這樣的作品吧。現在的我因為身體狀況,甚至連日本國內旅程都倍感困難。明明距離很近的台灣也因此變得特別遙遠,我只能感到可惜。也因此,我的分身——我的作品這次能再訪我所懷念之地,若看到它們的人也能因此感受到什麼,我將深感喜悅。

第1、2張 | 須田一政 Suda Issei,<台北吉祥>,1983,cibachrome 
第3、4張 | 須田一政 Suda Issei,<台北街視>,1990,RP print
 © 須田一政 Suda Issei courtesy of aura gallery taipei

2016.1.30 – 3.12 @ aura gallery taipei

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The Real Housecats of Houtong Cat Village.

So, Houtong is a hillside coal mining town northeast of Taipei. The mining industry tanked in the 90’s, and a lot of folks left the town - which apparently ended up with a large population of abandoned cats. (Shame on you people.) BUT - a few years ago, one of the locals posted about the place online and it went viral, so now it’s a popular tourist attraction!

Just a few of the many photos I took on a recent trip to northern Taiwan. I’ve been really enjoying street/travel photography lately - it’s a great way to explore, study lighting, people-watch, find the little details hidden in the world, and to practice composition on the fly. I’ll be posting more photosets from the trip here on my tumblr over the next two weeks!

Top Shot: Sunset Bike Ride

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A cyclist rides by The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, which is a national landmark monument and tourist attraction erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China. It is located in Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan. Photograph by Theerasak Saksritawee

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Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

Centrally located in Taipei’s business center, Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel offers world-class cuisine, stunning accommodation, and dramatic views of the city’s skyline.

The sleek and modern interior design is a blend of Eastern and Western influences, with gleaming marble floors, elegant dark woods, and Sung Dynasty inspired artworks. Rooms are exquisitely decorated in creamy neutral tones, and feature high-ceilings, state-of-the-art amenities, and spectacular views.

The hotel’s prize-winning restaurants serve everything, from Japanese and Cantonese cuisines to gorgeous Italian fare, while the spa – perched on the 40th floor – includes a fabulous rooftop swimming pool and an ultramodern fitness center.

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