I realize that a big part of my photos are taken after dark, only when the sun is already down. This might be caused because Taipei’s sunset is earlier than I was used to, and when I finish working all daylight is already gone. Thanks to this fact, I have discovered a new city hidden between two different metro stops. This city only reveals itself after the sunset. It’s a city of secrets hidden behind curtains, far from the spotlight of the street lights.
In many occasions secret Taipei is blurred by a layer of thin rain, which turn the colours brighter, the smells more intense and the darkness even deeper. Blues and oranges are the only colors to survive the black covering the streets. This Taipei does not appear in any guide, and it is not bounded in any specific area. It is not found in the big avenues, or in any MRT ride. It is not in the shortest distance between two points on a map.
To find this Taipei, you have to dive into the darkness between two streetlights of any random ally, and follow the lights there. It is a Taipei of small restaurants with Japanese names and small Taoist shrines in impossible corners.
An old lady is taking care of a shrine in a dead-end alley in one of the oldest districts in Taipei. The night watchman of a parking sleeps confident without noticing a cat who’s slowly but relentlessly is hunting the bag with his dinner. The glass door of an barber shop reveals a barber watching the long legs of a young lady in one of those weird local TV shows while, an extremely well dressed woman smokes in the doorstep watching me watch the whole scene.
The inhabitants of this city have nothing to do with the pedestrian walking in the packed transit areas. As if they were characters in the famous Lewis Carroll book, is hard to find the logic in the distribution and purpose of the citizens of this hidden city.
Do you have any secret spot in your city you specially like to photograph? Are you more a day shooter or a night shooter?
All the pictures have been taken with a Fujifilm x100s.
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