Tainan Sinying District’s Tie-shian Bridge is a desolate and quiet village by the Jishuei River. During ordinary days, the old street is very empty and there is only one eatery and a Chinese Medicine store. There is no convenience store, grocery or food market. Residents need to go to neighboring areas to buy daily goods or grow food in their own empty lot. Trucks selling Breads or hardware grocery will visit irregularly to meet the local needs.
But in the Ching Dynasty, Tie-shian Bridge used to a prosperous place due to the operation of Daofong Lagoon Harbor. Founded in mid Kangxi years, the harbor was not far from the Tong-ji Temple. Shops that sold salt, rice products, sesame oil, Chinese medicine, grocery gathered behind the temple with crowded street bustled with people and noise. Its prosperity was described in a poem written by a government official called Sun Yuan-hen when he passed by the area.
It wasn’t until 1970s and 80s, Tie-shian Bridge was still an important and busy place in the vicinity. But nowadays, Tie-shian Bridge has disappeared from the modern places. One can only find its past glory through historical records or literary works. But meanwhile, Tie-shian Bridge still exists in the blinking eyes when elderly describe its glorious days or in the dark remnants of the old street houses.
This photography project started from April 2018 and has lasted for more than half year. Through numerous interviews, my ways of photography has changed gradually and my relation with the Tie-shian Bridge has also become different. Now, let the photographs speak for themselves.