Through the keen eyes of an American diplomat, Gary Oba captured
Taiwan's scenic treasures and met the island's unique inhabitants with a
simple digital camera. His exceptional diplomatic skills are manifest in
the pictures which are currently showcased in the photography exhibition
at the Art Center of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan,
The exhibition, "Pedaling for Pictures: An American Diplomat's Sojourn
in Southern Taiwan" displays 80 photos selected from the thousands of
photos Oba has shot during the past 2 years.
"The photographs reflected my feelings for Taiwan," said Oba who is
residing in Kaohsiung for over 2 years as the Branch Chief of the
Kaohsiung Office of the American Institute in Taiwan.
He also sad, "The deepest feeling I have is that Taiwan is a beautiful
place with so many wonderful people and I think the beauty of the island
is reflected in the personalities of the people."
Oba spent many weekends and holidays exploring Taiwan by bicycle and
starting with day trips to locations in Kaohsiung, Pingtung, and Tainan.
His riding eventually took him around the entire island.
"Even though Taiwan is a small island, it has a lot of variety from
mountains to oceans and everything in between, and so many different
kinds of beauty," according to Oba.
With the lens of his camera, Oba captured temple festivals, seasonal
changes and even Taiwan's food culture, highlighting the charm of folk
and religious activities in Taiwan.
He said, "I think one of the things Taiwan's residents enjoy but maybe
not all the time aware of is how pretty Taiwan is."
"For me, the picture is not always about the image but also about the
feeling," said Oba, "and what I encourage the viewers to do is to be in
the moment and feel the feeling of being in the moment."
Oba also shared his own philosophy of life which is "Wherever you're at,
at that time should be your favorite spot," and he said, "you should
have a good experience all the time at least that's what I try to do."
Come follow Oba's footstep and uncover the beauty of Taiwan as you visit
the Art Center, NCKU, where the exhibition will run through February 25.
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