Located in northern Taiwan, the Taipei basin is surrounded by endless mountains and hills. If you live in Taipei, you may be used to the hustle and bustle of the city life. However, have you ever noticed the different colors of local license plates, the facial expressions of elderly chess players in the public parks, and the scenes in the traditional amusement arcade while you strolled through the city streets? A photographer a keen eye for colors captured the corners that locals don’t even notice.
「攝影是我與別人分享旅途中美好經驗的方式。」在訪談時Kiril Dobrev寫道。出生於保加利亞，從小在南非長大，今年33歲的全職剪輯兼攝影師Kiril Dobrev喜歡到處旅行，總是背著重達10公斤的攝影配備，以雙腳遊走於每個城市大街小巷，細膩地觀察城市裡人們的表情、動作、生活，捕捉每個城市最獨特的一面，再把所有的畫面編輯成有如電影般的城市紀錄。
“There are so many photographs you can show people,” Dobrev wrote in a recent email interview. Bulgarian born, Kiril Dobrev was raised in South Africa. He is a full-time video editor and director of photography. He loves to travel on foot. The photography equipment he carried during his trip weighed 10 kgs. The videos Dobrev has made reflect his experiences exploring locals’ daily lives and different perspectives of the city.
“For me, a place is about the people and the details,” he added. This year, Dobrev stayed in Taipei for seven days. Speaking about his impressions about the capital city, he described Taipei as a “vibrant kaleidoscope of Chinese, Japanese, and western cultures. It’s an interesting mix of modern and traditional nestled amongst green mountains and endless hills.” In addition, he stressed that Taipei is indeed an underrated tourist destination.
Still, it was not easy to make this almost 4-minutes long video. In an attempt to narrate the city story in a realistic and interesting way, he spent three to four weeks on reorganizing every short clip he filmed during the trip. Asked if he had learned photography, he said: “I did not go to film school, I am completely self-taught. I learned from watching youtube tutorials and a lot of trial-and-error.”
“I wanted to depict the city’s people and vibrant urban life in a way that not only makes people consider it as a travel destination but in a way that shows Taiwanese locals another perspective of the things that they see every day,” he concluded.
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