Photographer's Note

I took this at the 228 Memorial/Rally/Protest and in some ways it really catches some of the differences in how Taiwanese/Chinese interact with each other as opposed to westerners. I was standing around when the guy on the right came up to the guy on the left. At first, I was afraid things were going to break out into fisticuffs. The two seemed to be screaming at each other and I thought I detected venom in the voices. They were very animated and very loud at initially there was not a friendly look in either face. However, it wasn't too long until what I thought was antagonism broke down into very loud laughs and jokes.

Interactions such as this are quite common; after four years I still can't differentiate simple loud talking from anger and I can tell you that the talking between Taiwanese men is almost always loud. Actually, I remember when I was visiting Maciek in Hong Kong and he brought up the point that one table of four locals in a pub makes about the same amount of noise as a table of 12 foreigners; this is exactly true.

Anyways, rather than being bitter foes (which is entirely possible, given how fevered Taiwanese get over politics), these two were just catching up and having a lot of fun.

Getting a handle on a new lens too; interesting how a slight change in focal length changes things; not that you would notice it necessarily, but I sure do.

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Additional Photos by Darren Melrose (Darren) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1468 W: 120 N: 1049] (6823)
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