Thirty Years, an Attitude

Boiling teapot

I was lucky to meet an national Gong crafts-master, TL Wu, in Taiwan for one assignment lately. Gong is made with copper and mainly used for religious rituals in Taiwan. Mr. Wu  has spent over thirty years on making Gong (traditional music instrument) ever since he heard the sound of it in his early twenties. However, due to the reduction of such ritual activities, it’s less produced nowadays. He is one of two existing handmade Gong masters in Taiwan. Apart from Gong, he also creates copper art work and received several awards of it.

During my assignment, I also did a brief project in his studio. His studio locates in the mountain in New Taipei City. He enjoys living in a nature environment and gets inspiration from it. Here is the short photo essay/book about his work and his inspiration from nature. You may click the photo to open PDF file or click here (Thirty years, an attitude.)

Hope you will enjoy it. And, wish you all a lovely and blessed holidays! 🙂

Is it ever easy?

I bet it’s tougher to give up?
People just don’t wanna say it.
There comes a time, when fighting is no longer an option.
You’ve gotta move on, out of spotlight, out of track, out of everything you’ve dreamed for.
Let memories haunt you, let your heart against your mind every breath you take.
Let go of your love, let go of something you didn’t even mind sacrificing life for it.

Is it ever easy?

I fight, therefore I survive.

A group of young kids in Klong Toey slum (Bangkok, Thailand) train in an afterschool program of Muay Thai (Traditional Thai kick boxing) at an outdoor gym with poor condition underneath the expressway. The training program has limited budget but provides kids with opportunities to keep off drugs and out of gangs in the slum. Furthermore, hope to make them out of the slum one day.

Young boy rests after Muay Thai training.
Kids train in an afterschool program designed to keep them off drugs and out of gangs.
Young boys train in the evening
Young boys train Muay Thai at the outdoor gym underneath expressway.
Child boxer looks with admiration at his trainer while he helps him with his gloves.

P.S. Pray for Bangkok.