Streets Saturday for Week 37: Hualien Station


Train stations make for great street photography, don’t they? There are the convergence of the human and the industrial, both of which are common components of the genre. To be honest though, I’m not a fan of Taiwan Railway stations in Taipei. They are utilitarian and dull with virtually no natural lighting. In addition, the rails themelves are underground and remain so until the train is well outside the city limits. I have hopes that the Songshan Station, which is currently being rennovated and expanded to the scale of Taipei Main Station, will be different from this judging by the artist’s conceptions I’ve seen (like this one).

Outside Taipei City, the platforms are above ground, the station designs let loads of natural light in, and they are surrounded by the local culture.

Like the main terminal in Hualien.


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About Brian Webb

Brian Q. Webb is a photography enthusiast from Los Angeles, California who spends most of his time in Taipei, Taiwan. He is especially interested in street photography as well as large format portraiture and pinhole photography. He also likes to shoot lifestyle portraiture and occasionally acts as an agent for foreign newspapers wanting event coverage in Taipei. He was also on the staff of deviantArt and is co-founder of PhotoMalaysia, the largest photography community in that country.