It’s been already some months since I moved to my current area, in the limits of Xinyi District, where I now live and work. Since this area is where I start and end every photography walk I do, I usually take many pictures here. After a very rainy week, I grabbed my Leica M6 at the first chance I had and went out to take some pictures nearby.
Xinyi is one of the main business districts in Taipei, but is it also a very important commercial area. There are infinity of malls on its streets and it also hosts Taipei 101, the highest building in Taiwan. Xinyi shopping area hosts all major fashion brands and retailers, as Zara, Mango, H&M or Gap. Xinyi is packed with clerks during weekdays, but during the weekend regular shoppers and Sunday drivers hit the area to visit any of the many restaurants or stores around.
I took these pictures with a Leica M6 camera and a Voighlander 35mm lens. I recently use this combination a lot. I can take it everywhere. It is compact, and very discrete, ideal for street photography. It is surprising how popular is Leica in Taiwan. I got asked about the camera several times already (although I get asked if my Fuji x100s is a Leica, too).
I actually try to avoid malls as much as I can, although sometimes these are perfect places to capture people very focused on something, having lots of opportunities to take some good shots.
Leica M6 + Vöigtlander color skopar 35mm f/2.5
Kodak Ultramax 400