Village Life: Mazu Festival – Not Happy?

A model appear as a traditional Chinese woman for the Mazu festival. She appears to be less than happy. She riding on a float. Beigang, Yunlin County, Taiwan, May 4, 2018.

A model appear as a traditional Chinese woman for the Mazu festival. She’s appears to be less than happy. She riding on a float. Beigang, Yunlin County, Taiwan, May 4, 2018.

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Village Life: Mazu Festival (7)

A young girl is made up to depict a character in a traditional Chinese story/myth. She rides on a float in the Mazu Parade. Beigang, Yunlin County, Taiwan, May 4, 2018.

A young girl is made up to depict a character in a traditional Chinese story/myth. She rides on a float in the Mazu Parade. Beigang, Yunlin County, Taiwan, May 4, 2018.

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Village Life: Mazu Festival (4)

A young girl is dressed and made up to depict a character in a traditional Chinese story/myth. She rides on a float in the Mazu Parade. Beigong, Yunlin County, Taiwan, May 4, 2018.

A young girl is dressed and made up to depict a character in a traditional Chinese story/myth. She rides on a float in the Mazu Parade. Beigong, Yunlin County, Taiwan, May 4, 2018.

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Village Life: Mazu Festival (3)

A young girl is dressed and made up to depict a character in a traditional Chinese story/myth. She rides on a float in the Mazu Parade. Beigong, Yunlin County, Taiwan, May 4, 2018.

A young girl is dressed and made up to depict a character in a traditional Chinese story/myth. She rides on a float in the Mazu Parade. Beigang, Yunlin County, Taiwan, May 4, 2018.

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Village Life: Mazu Festival

Women's group marching in the Mazu parade. Silou, Taiwan April 15, 2018

Women’s group marching in the Mazu parade. Silou, Taiwan April 15, 2018

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Village Life: Mazu Festival (2)

A young girl is dressed and made up to depict one of the Chinese traditional myths. She rides on a float in the Mazu Parade. Beigong, Yunlin County, Taiwan, May 4, 2018.

A young girl is dressed and made up to depict one of the characters in a Chinese traditional myth. She rides on a float in the Mazu Parade. Beigong, Yunlin County, Taiwan, May 4, 2018.

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Village Life: Mazu Festival

A young girl is dressed and made up to depict one of the Chinese traditional myths. She rides on a float in the Mazu Parade. Baigong, Yunlin County, Taiwan, May 4, 2018.

A young girl is dressed and made up to depict one of the Chinese traditional myths. She rides on a float in the Mazu Parade. Baigong, Yunlin County, Taiwan, May 4, 2018.

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Traditional Taiwanese Wedding Banquet

The banquet was held at the home of the bride's parents. The tents were erected in the entrance way courtyard of the traditional "U" shaped home. The tables and chairs were rented from one company and the table clothes and chair covers from another. The caterers arrived at 6am to begin preparation for the banquet. I know this because Jane and I are staying in the house and had to leave earlier than usual. The food was extensive and quite good. Traditionally there are 10 to 12 courses with the final being ice cream. Tomorrow the bride and groom.

The banquet was held at the home of the bride’s parents. The tents were erected in the entrance way courtyard of the traditional “U” shaped home. The tables and chairs were rented from one company and the table cloths and chair covers from another. The caterers arrived at 6am to begin preparation for the banquet. I know this because Jane and I are staying in the house and had to leave earlier than usual. The food was extensive and quite good. Traditionally there are 10 to 12 courses with the final being ice cream. Tomorrow photos of the bride and groom.

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Shucking Oysters

Three women are removing fresh oysters harvested from nearby oyster farms along the western coastline of Taiwan. Two are wearing the traditional hats of villagers in the area. Cheng long Village, Kohou Township, Yunlin County, Taiwan, April 25, 2018

Three women are removing fresh oysters harvested from nearby oyster farms along the western coastline of Taiwan. Two are wearing the traditional hats of villagers in the area. Cheng long Village, Kohou Township, Yunlin County, Taiwan, April 25, 2018

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Burning

Cremation of the Ubud Bali Royal Family Member Cokorda Putra Widura. The sarcophagus bull with the body enclosed burning. Ubud, Bali - May 7, 2016

Cremation of the Ubud Bali Royal Family Member Cokorda Putra Widura. The sarcophagus bull with the body enclosed burning. Ubud, Bali – May 7, 2016

Sarcophagus Bull with Body Inside

Cremation of the Ubud Bali Royal Family Member Cokorda Putra Widura. The sarcophagus bull with the body enclosed is being prepared for the burning. Ubud, Bali - May 7, 2016

Cremation of the Ubud Bali Royal Family Member Cokorda Putra Widura. The sarcophagus bull with the body enclosed is being prepared for the burning. Ubud, Bali – May 7, 2016

Grieving Family Leaving

Cremation of the Ubud Bali Royal Family Member Cokorda Putra Widura. The grieving family, officials and servants leave the body in preparation for the burning of the sarcophagus bull. Ubud, Bali - May 7, 2016

Cremation of the Ubud Bali Royal Family Member Cokorda Putra Widura. The grieving family, officials and servants leave the body in preparation for the burning of the sarcophagus bull. Ubud, Bali – May 7, 2016

Moving the Coffin Down the Stairs

Cremation of the Ubud Bali Royal Family Member Cokorda Putra Widura. The coffin containing the purified body descends the stairs in the arms of the palace member. It will be carried to the waiting sarcophagus bull that has arrived before the cremation tower. Ubud, Bali - May 7, 2016

Cremation of the Ubud Bali Royal Family Member Cokorda Putra Widura. The coffin containing the purified body descends the stairs in the arms of the palace member. It will be carried to the waiting sarcophagus bull that has arrived before the cremation tower. Ubud, Bali – May 7, 2016

Running While Carrying the Bull

Cremation of the Ubud Bali Royal Family Member Cokorda Putra Widura. The bull is carried by palace personnel who are dressed in purple T-shirts to the cemetery where the cremation takes place. There are teams of palace personnel who trade off carrying the bull and the tower. Ubud, Bali - May 7, 2016

Cremation of the Ubud Bali Royal Family Member Cokorda Putra Widura. The bull is carried by palace personnel who are dressed in purple T-shirts to the cemetery where the cremation takes place. There are teams of palace personnel who trade off carrying the bull and the tower. Ubud, Bali – May 7, 2016

Royal Cremation

Cremation of the Ubud Bali Royal Family Member Cokorda Putra Widura. The base of the tower holds the coffined body as it and the bull are carried to the cemetery where the cremation takes place. The body Is placed atop of the bull and the bull is set afire. Ubud, Bali May 7, 2016

Cremation of the Ubud Bali Royal Family Member Cokorda Putra Wider: the base of the tower holds the coffined body as it and the bull are carried to the cemetery where the cremation takes place. The body is placed atop of the bull and the bull is set afire. Ubud, Bali May 7, 2016

Distraction

Arya & Dewi at Their Wedding Banquette Bali, Indonesia May 3, 2016

Arya & Dewi at Their Wedding Banquette Bali, Indonesia May 3, 2016

Portrait of a ChengLong Villager – Exhibited in “Waterland” in Fremantle, Australia

This image and 11 other of my portraits will be included in a sound exhibition by Yen-ting, Hsu, entitled "Sounds Delicious".

This image and 11 other of my portraits of ChengLong villagers will be included in a sound art exhibition by Yen-ting Hsu, entitled “Sounds Delicious”.

This exhibit from May 4 -17, 2015 is from Hsu’s residency at ChengLong Wetlands International Environmental Art Project in 2012. She is now an artist in residence at the Fremantle Art Center.  She selected 12 portraits of Chenglong villagers I took between 2012 and 2015. “Sounds Delicious” investigates how food is grown in ChengLong Village, Taiwan. For more information on Hsu’s exhibition, go to https://fac.org.au/events/680/waterland?pid=58 For more information on the ChengLong Wetlands International Environmental Art Project curated by Jane Ingram Allen go to http://artproject4wetland.wordpress.com

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