Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. and closed down international borders,
I visited Taipei. It feels like it was so long ago. We initially centered the
trip around one of my best friend’s weddings, but they postponed the wedding. We
all decided to visit anyway.
It was a weird time to be traveling. As I left, people at home asked me if I
wanted to take the risk of going to Asia, where the pandemic was strongest. When
I finally returned, the roles had switched, and the U.S. was suffering. It was
late February, and the prevailing news at the time was still linking the virus
to Wuhan. There was this feeling that the problem was worst in China, and there
was very little being written about how it would soon take over the whole globe.
Given that, it was astonishing to see how seriously Taiwan was taking COVID-19,
an approach no doubt heavily influenced by previous pandemics that have hit
Asia. The strong precautions combined with the still relatively normal
day-to-day life we saw in Taiwan is a stark contrast to life here in the U.S.
eight months later.
We did a lot of walking around Taipei, giving me a chance to take the Leica Q
out for a spin. Unfortunately, it developed a misalignment between the lens and
the sensor. So, some photos have a tilt-shift-like blur on the edges.
I’ve tried weaving a narrative purely through sequencing the photographs. I hope
you enjoy it.