Alyssa Keown

Ask to spell their name, get their age, and hear their story. How can you do any of these without language? Photography is a weapon against language barriers. For those with eyes to see, there are things to learn.

Wrinkles in the skin form canyons of stories. A small touch indicates great love. Sweat glistening in the sun radiates hard work.

There are many things I couldn’t grasp on my trip to Taiwan until I looked at it through a new lens, my camera lens.

Why give food to ancestors when they’re dead? I saw faith and tradition. Why slave under the hot sun all day? I saw culture. Why build massively elaborate buildings for small purposes? I saw art.

There are so many different ways to live life, and photography can show us those ways no matter where we are in the world.