Dragon Boat Festival weekend and it was the kind of hot you can’t run away from. We had reached northern Taiwan and it seemed everyone else alive in Taiwan had too. While most had come to marvel at what a close relationship between wind and rocks can produce we were here for a different reason. [...]
I’m used to photographing inanimate objects when I go out on my regular shoots. But when I had the opportunity to do another show I decided I wanted to try something new. I decided to try shooting people. So armed with my camera I returned to many of the abandoned places I had been to [...]
Somewhere in Tainan city, on an ubiquitous Taiwan street, lies the abandoned hospital. It rises four storeys, a slowly crumbling edifice of brick. Like most abandoned places in Taiwan it has been looted. Glass only exists as shards beneath our feet, pills are scattered over table tops and the skeletons of doors slam shut in [...]
At night I was scared to even stand outside it. The ubiquitous Disneyland castle silhouette rose up behind locked gates, the light of the massive full moon suffusing it with eerie light. However in the morning with sun beating down and the shadowy recesses all but gone, we ventured inside. It was literally a ghost [...]
I take a lot of photos of abandoned places, enough that you may think I would be immune to them by now. But every now and then we discover a place that amazes and excites me. We came across a factory, its original purpose unclear. Now it was a graveyard of brick and glass and [...]
When we venture into abandoned places we normally have to do battle with various elements: blood thirsty mosquitoes, overgrown flora and a lot of broken glass. However one thing I’ve never had to contend with is a human enemy. When we happened upon an abandoned alcohol and tobacco factory in Dali we rushed inside cameras [...]
As though amusement parks left to their own devices and entire malls out of business weren’t enough, hidden in the Da Ken wilderness is an entire eerie, overgrown village. Rumours abound of ex carnies and ghostly inhabitants so we decided to venture there ourselves and see what we could find. And we weren’t disappointed….
What do I like to do with my weekends? Jump on my scooter and find something abandoned. Be it old breweries at midnight or factories hidden on buy roadsides, something old and decrepit is always waiting around the corner in Taiwan.
Scattered throughout Taiwan like lost and never found are countless abandoned sites. Times Square an abandoned mall near Dunghai University is one of these past relics. I spent the day dodging alien like intestinal tubes, dog corpses and collapsing walls. See what I uncovered below.
Left for dead halfway up Mt Bagua is the Pei Yuan Elementary school. Since its demise its changed hands more times than a 10NT coin and still sits waiting for its saviour. Its now become a haven for dusty desks, graffiti artists and bird corpses. Check out the gallery below!
The earthquake of 9/21 left parts of Daken a ghost town. Superstitious Taiwanese were unwilling to take their chances with land that had been damaged by it. Left in the wake of the quake was a small Amusement Park that sits at the bottom of the mountains. The rides have been left to break down [...]
A drive is often all it takes to find something worth photographing in Taiwan. A friend had pointed this out to me one day and after further investigation one realises looks can most definitely be deceiving. What appeared to be a rather small and decrepit brick building from the front revealed itself to be a [...]