A Few Street Photos

I can’t believe it’s been more than 2 months since my last posting. Thank you for those who left me comments during this period of time. Your encouragements make it easy to come back even though it still took me a while.

I was debating what would be a good first coming-back post. Should I talk about my recent Ah-ha moment (which one)? My upcoming class reunion, which we thought would never happen? Taiwan trip in general? Or, seriously, am I two months older? Some topics take courage; some take time. I finally settle down on an easy one: street photos.

My friends in Taiwan don’t understand why I like street photographing. One day, my best friend asked, “Why do you take photos of someone you don’t even know?”

“I want to catch that moment,” I said.

“Whose moment?” she asked.

“Whoever in my photo.”

“But you don’t know the person!”

“My moment, too.”

“But you are not in the picture.”

Hmm… how can I explain? When I don’t know what to say, I don’t say a word. Then I saw a nice looking building. “Okay. Stand over there, so I can take a picture of you.”

“No way!” she said in a loud voice.

“That’s why I like taking pictures of strangers!” I muttered.

All photos were taken in Taiwan, except the last one 😉

Thanks for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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29 Responses to A Few Street Photos

  1. Leya says:

    Welcome back! Love your street shots – and your conversation said a great deal…:-D

    Liked by 1 person

    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Anne-Christine.
      Just a few days ago, I saw some pictures from Norway and I was thinking of you. OMG! I went to Norway once. It was short, but I thought I had seen what I should see. Apparently not.
      Have a wonderful day!

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  2. neihtn2012 says:

    These are great street photos! They are better than photos of people standing or sitting together, looking at the camera and saying “cheese” in unison.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Hien. I agree. One of my friends was very disappointed with my photos. I am just not good at taking those saying “cheese” photos. My heart isn’t in it. ;-( I do think I should improve on that.. maybe a tiny bit. Ha.
      Have a great day.

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  3. Welcome back Helen, I love your pictures!!!

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  4. loisajay says:

    So glad you are back, Helen. And the photos…! I especially like the man watering his crops and the man in the blue jacket sitting outside the restaurant. I guess it would be hard to explain street photography. I agree with Hien, though. So much better than posed people saying, ‘Cheese.’

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Lois. I wonder how long it would take for that man to water his crops. I didn’t wait to find out 😉 The man in the blue jacket, to my surprise, was quite talkative. I guess you can never judge a person from his look 😉
      Have a wonderful day!!!

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  5. serendipity says:

    I love the street photos! I think traditional markets is a very unique spot to visit. Last weekend I went there with my mom and there was a moment I thought if Tom Ford, the fashion guru, visited a traditional market like this, how would he feel…I don’t feel like selfie or any picture of me either.

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    • Helen C says:

      I love traditional markets. I remember going there with my mom and always felt embarrassed when she started bargaining with the seller. Do people still do that?
      LOL, Tom Ford is probably the last person who would come to my mind when I’m in the market. It would be very interesting to see him there though. 😉
      I didn’t care for selfie or any picture of me before. Now that I am interested in photographing and know how difficult it is to be a good model, I become more interested. I think it is because I enjoy learning.
      Have a wonderful day!


      • serendipity says:

        I’m not sure if the habit of bargaining is totally gone now, but indeed I seldom hear it. Once I heard from an interview of Tom Ford and he said that he hates flip flops. So I think our traditional markets may not be the place for him to visit. When he walks in there, he will find lots of annoying things in front of his eyes. But I’d love to see someone going to traditional markets in clean, sharp suits, that would be an interesting view.

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  6. de Wets Wild says:

    Nice to see you around again, Helen! With best wishes!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Lady Oscar says:

    Welcome back!
    Reading your writing makes me smile. You always have a special wit!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Welcome back. Interesting glimpses and conversation. Where is the last photo from? Home? 🙂

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  9. Time can be heavy or light. Welcome back, and the food alone must have made fond memories.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Sally. Either heavy or light, I don’t have enough time for sure. Food — oh, yes and the 4 pounds weight gained that came with it. ;-(
      Have a wonderful day.


  10. Rupali says:

    I was just wondering about you.
    Good to see you back and in good spirit Helen.
    These are wonderful photos.
    I am bit shy with street photos but you have inspired me for my next trip.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Yes indeed welcome back … you have been missed! I do so love your banter .. and I always enjoy your photography 🙂

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