The Two Guards. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei –

I took this photo sometime in the summer of 2017, during a rare solo trip. Opportunities to travel solo could be difficult to come by especially when one is attached, I suppose.

The guards at this memorial change shift every hour, so these two super dedicated men would have had stared at each other for a good 60 minutes. No words were spoken, but they had spent the time dutifully observing each other.

This is a reflection of today’s society – our obsession with Facebook, Instagram, Wechat, Snapchat, tweet, line, wei…this list could go on forever!

On average, we spend more than two hours daily on social media, at least according to this statistic website (source). For me, I spend hours every week browsing Facebook and Instagram looking at posts to virtually ‘catch up’ with my friends.

‘How’s life?’ or ‘what’s up?’ used to have some sincerity in it, but now I could tell what my friends have been up to thanks to social media. Close friends could literally remain connected without talking to one another.

This is the age we are living in. We all are super dedicated observers like the two guards in the photo.

Oh, if you haven’t figure it out by now, this blog is mainly about photography although things might change in the future.

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