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Published October 13, 2020

Being in Taipei as the pandemic hit

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. and closed down international borders, I visited Taipei. It feels like it was so long ago. We initially centered the trip around one of my best friend’s weddings, but they postponed the wedding. We all decided to visit anyway.

It was a weird time to be traveling. As I left, people at home asked me if I wanted to take the risk of going to Asia, where the pandemic was strongest. When I finally returned, the roles had switched, and the U.S. was suffering. It was late February, and the prevailing news at the time was still linking the virus to Wuhan. There was this feeling that the problem was worst in China, and there was very little being written about how it would soon take over the whole globe.

Given that, it was astonishing to see how seriously Taiwan was taking COVID-19, an approach no doubt heavily influenced by previous pandemics that have hit Asia. The strong precautions combined with the still relatively normal day-to-day life we saw in Taiwan is a stark contrast to life here in the U.S. eight months later.

We did a lot of walking around Taipei, giving me a chance to take the Leica Q out for a spin. Unfortunately, it developed a misalignment between the lens and the sensor. So, some photos have a tilt-shift-like blur on the edges.

I’ve tried weaving a narrative purely through sequencing the photographs. I hope you enjoy it.

L1090019 Leica Q · 28mm · f/10 · 1/80 · ISO 100

L1080722 Leica Q · 28mm · f/6.3 · 1/200 · ISO 100

L1080712 Leica Q · 28mm · f/6.3 · 1/2000 · ISO 2500

L1080805 Leica Q · 28mm · f/3.2 · 1/1000 · ISO 100

L1090013 Leica Q · 28mm · f/10 · 1/60 · ISO 125

L1080780 Leica Q · 28mm · f/3.5 · 1/640 · ISO 100

L1080802 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/1250 · ISO 100

L1080792 Leica Q · 28mm · f/5 · 1/400 · ISO 100

L1080861 Leica Q · 28mm · f/13 · 1/30 · ISO 1250

L1090009 Leica Q · 28mm · f/8 · 1/60 · ISO 200

L1080774 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/5000 · ISO 100

L1090025 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/400 · ISO 100

L1090043 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.8 · 1/320 · ISO 100

L1080824 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/400 · ISO 100

L1080969 Leica Q · 28mm · f/2.5 · 1/60 · ISO 500

L1080877 Leica Q · 28mm · f/5 · 1/60 · ISO 800

L1080884 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/60 · ISO 1000

L1080961 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/60 · ISO 200

L1080888 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/60 · ISO 100

L1080919 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/60 · ISO 400

L1080921 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/60 · ISO 1250

L1080916 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/60 · ISO 320

L1080926 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/60 · ISO 400

L1080932 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/60 · ISO 200

L1080935 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/60 · ISO 320

L1090044 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.8 · 1/125 · ISO 100

L1090046 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.8 · 1/200 · ISO 100

L1090072 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/125 · ISO 100

L1090079 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/160 · ISO 100

L1090096 Leica Q · 28mm · f/2.8 · 1/60 · ISO 640

L1090087 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/250 · ISO 100

L1090021 Leica Q · 28mm · f/10 · 1/60 · ISO 1250

L1090126 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/60 · ISO 400

L1090147 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/15 · ISO 100

L1090165 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/60 · ISO 1250

L1090157 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/15 · ISO 500

L1090167 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/60 · ISO 1000

L1090190 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/15 · ISO 200

L1090197 Leica Q · 28mm · f/1.7 · 1/60 · ISO 2000

MIMG 9396 iPhone 11 Pro · 52mm · f/2 · 1/120 · ISO 32

MIMG 9386 iPhone 11 Pro · 26mm · f/1.8 · 1/30 · ISO 1000


Thanks to Q for reading drafts of this.

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