Abandoned Taiwan Cement Factory

Abandoned Cement Factory – Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Location: Taiwan Cement, Gushan District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

The Taiwan cement factory sits tucked in against Monkey Mountain, in Kaohsiung’s Gushan District. For years half of the factory was left abandoned and each time I went hiking on the mountain the urban explorer in me was more and more intrigued to take photos there. I finally got around to going there in February 2014 and took this set of photos.

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The Delight of Chinese Characters Festival 2015

Event: The Delight of Chinese Characters Festival
Location: Pier 2 Art Centre
Dates: Jan 16th ~ Mar 15th 2015
Cost: NT$149 Entry fee

The Delight of Chinese Characters Festival is an art show that runs every year at the Pier 2 Art Centre in Kaohsiung. It’s an art show all about Chinese characters, their form, history, usage, and pronunciation. Artists create displays that make you think about all of these aspects of Chinese characters.


Gin and Bananas in Qiaotou

Location: Qiaotou Sugar Refinery Station, Kaohsiung.

I thought that the area by the Qiaotou Sugar Refinery station would be empty on a Friday afternoon – everyone at work or in school. When I arrived, though, there were groups of students rushing to and fro with cameras, then I noticed a sign advertising the “Golden Sugarcane Film Festival”, a competition to make a short film about the area. It seemed my quiet Friday afternoon photowalk might not be so quiet after all.


Empty Sarsapirilla at Neiwei flea market

Neiwei Flea Market

Location: Neiwei Flea Market, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Neiwei flea market (內惟跳蚤市場) is one of the bigger second-hand markets in Kaohsiung, the other being the Shiquan Road flea market (十全跳蚤市場), which I’ll cover in a separate post.

The main entrance to the market is on Juiru 4th Road (九如四路), but I found parking for my scooter in one of the side streets so I entered the market from there. The market is a giant rectangle with small shops lining the outer walls on the right and back. The rest of the area is split between makeshift shops and stalls with their stuff spread out on mats.

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Fengshan HuangPu Villages

Location: Weiwu Road, Fengshan District, Kaohsiung 830

Located in Kaohsiung’s FengShan district, HuangPu New Village is a military dependents’ village that was built towards the end of the Japanese colonial period in Taiwan. After the end of the war it was handed over to the Kuomintang military and is now regarded as ‘Taiwan’s first military dependent’s village’. While the village has significant cultural and historical value, the way in which the village will be preserved is still unclear.


Kaohsiung City Skyline

2014 Photography Review

I’ve spent the last few days looking over my photos from the last 12 months and picking out my favourites. I changed a lot as a photographer this year and photography in general has changed me as a person – I’ve seen a lot of things that I might not have seen without the motivation of capturing images with my camera.

The aim of selecting these photos was to both give me motivation for next year, and to help me develop more by understanding what I have enjoyed capturing, and what has resulted in the best pictures.

The first photograph (above) is of the Kaohsiung City skyline, the city that has been my home for the last eight years, and where most of my photos are taken.
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