Erenlai - Witold Chudy (胡帥康)
Witold Chudy (胡帥康)

Witold Chudy (胡帥康)

Born and grew up in Poland, I went to the university in the UK, spent a year in Nanjing and now I am living in Taipei. 

In love with travelling, candid photography and fluffy animals. Almost always cheerful and friendly. 

I need to fight my inborn laziness every single morning.

週五, 22 六月 2012 18:41

Jay Caffin – spiritual healer

Jay Caffin is a spiritual healer who now lives and practices in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He uses his ability to perceive energy and communicates with it in order to help people, and to solve problems of the material world. I talked to him about the energy - his greatest passion and work.

週五, 22 六月 2012 15:17

Taiwanese spirituality in photography

Photographing people's spirituality is not an easy task - first you need to gain trust of the people you want to photograph and often even that will not be enough, as spiritual practices are for many something too personal, or sometimes sacred, to be shown. I attempted nevertheless and made a collection that shows diversity of Taiwanese spiritual and religious life, and although it is not even close to fully show the abundance of spirituality on the island, it does provide a glimpse of it. I omitted some of the biggest religious groups in Taiwan in order to show spirituality in Taiwan in a new light. Further, I treat this collection as a beginning of a bigger and long lasting project of photographing religious and spiritual life in Taiwan.


Dada Kaladharananda showing a yoga posture in Ananda Marga center in Taipei


Professor Shi Mingzong – coach of Shida basketball team talks to his players
during a yoga session in Ananda Marga center in Taipei. His son also participates in exercises


Shida basketball team doing yoga exercises


Shida basketball team doing yoga exercises


Muslims during prayer time in Grand Mosque in Taipei


Fridays are the only days when muslims can come to the Grand Mosque
to buy halal meat imported from Australia and New Zeland


The canteen in Grand Mosque also offers halal zongzi


Relaxing in the mosque after prayer


Pilgrims to Baishatun kneeling for hours to receive Mazu’s blessing


Early morning during Baishatun Mazu pilgrimage


Mourners watch how a coffin with their deceased relative is being cremated. With assistance of a buddhist monk


A collection of flower essence in a New Age bookstore next to NTU main gate


A todler with his grandmother on the grounds of the neat Mormon temple in Taipei


Postcards with pictures from the LDS temple sold in a shop near the temple in Taipei


Wednesday bible reading and experience sharing group
in the Catholic Sacred Heart Church in Taipei - lead by American nun and the parish priest

Bible in front of one of the members of the Wednesday group



Eclectic public cemetery in Taipei


Jay Caffin – a spiritual healer who now lives and practices in Kaohsiung


Photography and editing by Witold Chudy (Photo no.1: Graves of Italian missionaries to Yunnan)

Photo no. 13 (flower essence) by Cerise Phiv

週五, 11 五 2012 15:30

Animal Rights in Contemporary Taiwan

(The Chinese reads: If you're not a teahouse cat, please don't sit on the scooter)

Huang Zong-Hui, Professor of Languages and Literature at National Taiwan University and animal rights campaigner give us a run down of the current state of animal rights in Taiwan:

週三, 02 五 2012 17:05

Under Gods - Stories from Soho Road

On the surface it appears to be a street like any other. But when you stop to look, to really look, you can see the subtle differences. The differences that, when combined together, make this street completely different to any other. Photographer Liz Hingley takes us on a tour of one of the most religiously diverse areas in England, Soho Road in Birmingham. Through her Under Gods collection she aims to show us that coexistence between different faiths is not only possible, but is essential in today’s world. With this article we invite you to reflect on the meaning of faith and how religion does not have to be an instrument for hatred, but rather a way to bring different people together.

What I feel makes Liz’s project precious, is that her pictures do not simply record religious life of the Soho Road from a perspective of a passer-by. These pictures are a result of personal relationships of the photographer with the subjects over a sustained period of time and show us the intimate situations that would be impossible to photograph without devoting oneself wholeheartedly to the project - not as a professional, but rather as a curious person with no agenda on their mind, wishing to learn through observation and interaction. The author was accepted into homes, churches, prayer rooms etc. only after having won over trust and sympathy of the people she photographed. It is always a difficult task for a photographer and often requires spending a lot of time on discussions and casual talking before becoming “invisible” and being granted a right to enter into the private lives of the subjects and record them. Liz did her job perfectly and created a collection that shows the diversity of religions along the Soho Road, captures the unique atmosphere of religious practices and also gives the viewers an insight into emotions of the subjects’ in their private lives. It also reflects the photographer’s personal experiences, her kind nature, strong ethics and, of course, her brilliant eye and great photographic skills, as many pictures in the story are strong enough to stand alone as fine pieces of visual art.


About Liz from her webpage:

Liz graduated from Brighton University with a first class BA Honours in Editorial Photography in 2007. She went on to receive a two-year scholarship with FABRICA research and communications department in Italy. She completed an MSc with distinction in Social Anthropology at University College London in 2011. 'Under Gods’ stories from Soho road was published in March 2011 By Dewi Lewis publishing. She recently received the Getty Image Grant to continue her work raising awareness for the cycle of child poverty in the developed world. Liz is currently artist in residence at The Migration Research Unit based in University College London. She regularly works with other educational institutions; lecturing and leading workshops. Liz is undertaking her own research into the trade of religious goods in Paris and China. Liz is a member of picturetank agency and pleased to use KODAK Portra 800



Under Gods - entire photostory on Liz's website. You can also find out there about other projects undertaken by Liz Hingley

An interesting article about Under Gods at



週一, 30 四月 2012 14:33

Betelnuts without Betelnut Girls

In the Zhonghe district of New Taipei City, just before the Xiu Lang Bridge on the road to Xindian, at 21 Jingping Road is the Amis Betelnut Stall, run by Mrs Yang and her family - three Amis aboriginal women. Mrs Yang's daughter, who studies at the English Department of Soo Chow University, takes the morning shift from 5am until 10am; afterwards Mrs Yang's niece works from 10am until 10pm, and then Mrs Yang works from 10pm until 1 in the morning, when they close.

Written in large Chinese characters on the shop sign is 'yi-mu-zi', the Chinese transliteration of e'moc, the Amis language name for a spice derived from a cinnamon seeds. Only regular customers or industry insiders know what these characters mean given that they're a transliteration of an Amis language word. The betelnut is another name for
areca nut; it gets this name because it is often chewed wrapped in betel leaves sealed with slaked lime. The traditional Amis betelnut includes a grain of e'moc amongst the betel leaves, this is very rare to see in Taipei. Mrs Yang says the slaked lime they use comes from sea shells, and therefore doesn't contain the chemical additives that many other Taiwanese betelnuts contain, which means that older aboriginal people won't have problems with their teeth that can be caused by normal betelnuts.

"We were able to bring up two children thanks to this shop." Mrs Yang tells us. Unlike the infamous "betelnut girls" who dress up provocatively and that are so often reported in domestic and foreign media, the betelnut stalls around here are all small family businesses. Although Yang's betelnut stall is run exclusively by women, it's aura is not one of lewd eroticism. There are two kinds of betelnut stall, one is the kind with neon lights, for which "betelnut girls" are the main attraction, the other kind is the more simple traditional betelnut stalls. Mrs Yang continued, "Here you don't need betelnut girls, in reality there are so many betelnut stores here that even if you do hire a Betelnut girl it's not much use, what sells here is the unique flavour."

Mrs Yang is a devout Catholic, in the display window of the stall you can even see pictures of Jesus. She told us that at Easter she came to mass at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in the Tien Educational Centre. When we arrived, the girl minding the shop took out some chairs and asked us to sit, as this is a gathering place for the aboriginal community of the city, whenever they get off work they normally come for a drink and a chat.

"My finger wrapped betelnut until I developed a work-related strain in it." Mrs Yang says as she points at her finger. Her niece wraps all the betelnuts now, because of repetitive strain of wrapping, so her finger has swollen. Every day the stall wraps 2000 betelnuts, this kind of work isn't as easy as it looks. To keep customers they have to open every day, "If we don't open, customers will go elsewhere and get used to going there, so we'll lose all our business.

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Text by Zijie Yang, translated by Conor Stuart, photos by Witold Chudy

週五, 16 三月 2012 12:48

Manga and Beyond

There are many preconceptions about what constitutes Manga and what lies beyond its confines, the artists in this section have attempted to use different media to overcome these self-imposed boundaries, Ah Tui bridging graphic design and Manga, and Evan Lee bringing Manga to 3D format.

“Comic books may seem excessively surreal, but life itself is even crazier”

The celebrated Taiwanese comic artist Ah Tui was born in Hsinchu in 1962. His favourite style is science fiction, but not just any science fiction. His is a science fiction that moves away from convention, full of western influences and references, and with a technique which demonstrates tremendous attention to detail. This helps pique the curiosity of the readers, who feel like they are trapped in a puzzle they must decipher. Later on, he diversified his work by moving into the design of illustrations and toys, all kinds of media surrounding comic books, street fashion and travel diaries. He has also worked as a graphic advertiser for many brands, such as Nike, Sony, Adidas, Nokia, EPSON, 7-11, etc. Ah Tui is frequently invited by fashion magazines to write articles in their specialized sections.

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Readers in Mainland China can watch here

“A silent weapon defying and opposing the values of society, that is what comic books are.”

Evan Lee is a contemporary Taiwanese illustrator who specializes in western art. He has published seven pieces of work since the start of his career. He became famous after creating a very original set of tarot cards. He has mastered numerous techniques, such as gilding, pastels, acrylics and watercolours, which he then combines with new IT (such as computer graphics), to produce his illustrations. He created his 78-card set with a particularly developed style. Since 2008, he has collaborated with the artist 3D RICK to develop the first Taiwanese illustrated book which allows for 3D viewing without requiring glasses, thanks to a specific method of refracting rays. Other than developing books, Evan Lee presents his creations in individual or joint exhibitions, both in Taiwan and abroad. He often gives televised or written interviews discussing graphic techniques.

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Readers in Mainland China can watch here


週日, 01 七月 2012 00:00

Mazu procession - photostory

The Mazu jinxiang (媽祖進香), or offering of incense, involves thousands of pilgrims following Mazu's jiao(轎)or palanquin by foot, on her spontaneous journey to the sacred first Mazu temple in Taiwan. For over a century the Goddess of the Sea, Mazu (媽祖 lit. Mother Ancestor) devotees from the Gongtian Temple in Baishatun, Miaoli County, have flocked to Beigang's Chaotian Temple in Yunlin County for an annual 400-plus km pilgrimage in the 2nd Lunar month of the year. They participate for the blessings, protection and fortune of Mother Mazu, who was said to protect the fishermen and sailors on the high seas when she was a human being, known as Lin Moniang.





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