Week 21

Sometimes I just need to wait.

Sean Hsu

Hsinchu City, Taiwan

Sometimes I just need to wait.

Sean Hsu

Hsinchu City, Taiwan

“I studied photography just wanting to record my life, to share Taiwan’s beautiful scenery through my eyes and let people know more about this island,” says Sean Hsu.

A Taiwan native currently residing in Hsinchu City, Sean’s landscape photography almost always looks out to the horizon line towards a bright and hopeful future for his island and his own burgeoning artistic impulses.

“I look forward to the possibilities of the future,” Sean remarks. “Before I never thought I could do something artistic, so I’m constantly surprised. When I was a child I thought I might be a painter, but I chose the more conservative way of life.”

About Sean

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Sean Hsu is an electrical engineer with AlgolTek in Hsinchu City, Taiwan. He graduated with a Masters in Electrical Engineering from I-Shou University. In 2006, Sean began casually shooting photography in his spare time and now shoots professionally.

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Before I never thought I could do something artistic, so I'm constantly surprised.

Sean majored in electrical engineering at Chung Hua before obtaining his masters from I-Shou University. He now works full-time for AlgolTek, where for ten years he’s designed circuits for mobile phones and computers, so it makes sense that photos he takes on weekends often look at the world from above, much like a grid.

“Although Taiwan is a small island, it has a lot of high mountains and plains,” explains Sean. “In just a few hours’ drive I can see a completely different landscape, so I have a wealth of creative themes.”

His favorite photo that he’s taken from this omniscient POV depicts a train passing through farmland, a typical Taiwanese rural scene: Low houses, neat farms and the upcoming rice harvest. Sometimes Sean will take a train just like this to return to his hometown of Kaohsiung City.

“I was born in Kaohsiung,” he says. “Because of the war, my father migrated from China and met my Taiwanese mother. I have a lot of childhood memories living in the military dependents’ village. Taiwan experienced many different regimes, a fusion of races, so we have good cultural inclusiveness.”

This strong family bond actually helped Sean embark on his creative journey: His parents were nervous about a business trip to San Francisco he took in 2006, his first time abroad, so he bought a camera to record his American adventure, sharing the pictures online with his family every day.

“My best friend later taught me most of the important photographic techniques,” Sean remembers. “He’s a better photographer than me, a strict teacher. Sometimes if there are security concerns at a site we’ll go together, take care of each other.”

Sean enjoys the whole shooting process, realizing his work is better when he’s in a happy mood. This extends to the photo retouching process on the computer as well, when he’ll relax by drinking beer, listening to music and taking things slow.

“When I take a photo sometimes I just need to wait, waiting for the best time and the light,” he says. “One time I went seaside and the wind caused water ripples, so I could not shoot the desired results. I almost gave up, but then the clouds spread and there was a beautiful sunset. The water presented a perfect reflection beyond my expectations. Now I always tell myself, ‘Let God decide what kind of photo to take.'”

John Donne said “No man is an island,” and although Sean Hsu still loves his engineering job it is his photographs that have opened up his world considerably.

“In the past, I never imagined that someone would like my photography or even use it… It inspired me to do more,” says Sean. “It makes my life feel more meaningful.”

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Taiwan

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In 2014, 18% of photos from Taiwan were downloaded by customers in Eastern Asia (NOTE: this was the second highest region of customer downloads after the United States)

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Of the top fifty popular majors in Taiwanese Universities, Electrical Engineering ranks 3rd, which corresponds with the high technology career opportunities in Taiwan, given the nation is among the top countries for semiconductor and integrated circuit manufacturing in the world.

About Sean

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Sean Hsu is an electrical engineer with AlgolTek in Hsinchu City, Taiwan. He graduated with a Masters in Electrical Engineering from I-Shou University. In 2006, Sean began casually shooting photography in his spare time and now shoots professionally.

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