I have always
dreamed of being a professional photographer. However, this dream has yet to
come true. In my Taipei
home, with basic skills and concepts I’d learned back in Tokyo, from time to time I would set up an
indoor studio crop to take photographs of my wife. With delicate lighting,
trying to do it the professional way for a fashion magazine supermodel feels
like my professional photographer dream coming true.
Apart from my
book “Mirage de Tokyo” published in 2007, a systematic observation on
Tokyo, “Encounter” on the other hand is
an unexpected collection of photographs taken during the seven years after I
returned to Taiwan from Japan, when I managed to travel in Turkey, India,
Japan, the United States, Canada, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines,
the United Kingdom, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy,
France, Singapore, China, and of course my beloved Taiwan. The purposes for those trips varied. It could
be for market research, visiting my clients, attending a good friend’s wedding,
or simply walking towards the park to get some fresh air and sun while
babysitting my son, with three diapers and my son in the stroller. Reflecting
on those years, taking photos had never been the reason for trips. However, my
never-declining sensitiveness towards the environment around me and my
photographer dream kept me taking photos. No matter what the purpose of my
outing was, my Canon 5D and 1DX never failed to explore with me.
I will be a
professional photographer. Yes, I am sure one day I will.
of “Encounter” was delayed for two
years. I would like to thank Mrs. HSU, Fong-Mei, and Mrs. TSAO, Shih-Hsing.
These two great mothers never stopped encouraging me and never failed to nag at
me to continue my photographer road, and to accomplish every goal of mine. If
it were not for them, buried in the busy work and life routine, I could have
easily neglected my dreams.
Last but not
least, I would like to thank my wife Valerie for her never-ending support on my