Out for a walk – Neil Road

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Behind the camera, and away from home.

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(Canon A1, Lady Grey 400)

Travelling and film photography are some of the things I derive plenty of happiness from. The problem with putting the two together, however, is that I almost never get pictures of myself on film. And this eats me when I am travelling. So I take a self-portrait with my camera to put myself permanently in a place and time I would like to remember.

From top: (i) Tuk Tuk in Bangkok, Thailand (ii) Outside a furniture warehouse in Sydney, Australia (iii) Ubud Market in Bali, Indonesia (iv) Pier 2 Art Centre in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (v) Bathroom in Taichung, Taiwan.

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(Canon A1, Uxi 200)

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(Canon A1, Earl Grey 100)

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(Canon A1, Agfa vista 200)

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I stayed in Taichung for 2 nights when I was in Taiwan last year. There was a place there I wanted to see, so I decided to make the trip and do a bit of exploring at the same time. My trip turned out to be a invigorating one for the soul.

During the day, I walked on for hours and took photographs along the way. I wandered off the planned route. When I got tired or hungry, I checked into cafes for breaks. Time seemed to slow down; I had no use for my watch.

At night, the cold winds raged on outside and the dimly lit streets were intimidating, but I’d felt safe and warm within the 4 walls of my accommodation. Both nights, I had instant noodles for a late night snack, and my book and writing materials beside me. They made me feel safer (and warmer) for some reason.

I should have posted these pictures earlier, but I guess I never found the time to until now. Some are rather underexposed due to poor lighting conditions at night, but still they make me happy because they remind me of some of my favourite times ever.

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