Wang Ching-hua Desperately in love with Kaohsiung / 王慶華愛戀高雄無可救藥
This year, the Lantern Festival made Kaohsiung City a focus of islandwide attention. The Department of Information (DOI) invited Wang Ching-hua, a renowned photographer who specializes in taking pictures of natural environment, to capture this grand event.
Taking pictures of the Lantern Festival, especially the fireworks display at the opening ceremony, posed a great challenge for Wang. He could not predict where in the sky the fireworks would appear, so he had to find out when and where to press the shutter and turn an instant into eternity.
Going all out in order to take good pictures
Wang went to many places to find perfect spots where he could take nice pictures, including some places other people could not reach, such as the top of the T&C Tower (about 87-story high), where the wind is blowing madly, and the top of a new 25-story building opposite to the Main Lantern Area. Only Wang was allowed to enter that new building because he once worked with the proprietor.
Capturing the beauty of the harbor city with all his might
During the month before the Lantern Festival, Wang went out every day to capture Kaohsiung's sunrises, sunsets and night scenes. He would not call it a day until all the films were developed, and he could hardly get any sleep because he was so occupied with the work. Soon after the festival, he began to think he should invite Yu Kuang-chung and Chung Ling to write verses on this photo album, and Shen Kai to translate the depiction into English.
Wang was once deeply moved by a scene in Czechoslovakia:young people were gathering on a stone bridge and singing and playing instruments, while the setting sun added a golden hue to the river. He hopes one day such a scene can reappear along the Love River. The Kaohsiung Lantern Festival has made many people feel attached to the city again, said Wang, who has lived in Kaohsiung for 35 years and been desperately in love with her.