Splendour: Taipei, Taiwan

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Alisa Mappes ©

In the north of Taiwan, we have enough rainy days to swamp the Sahara! My life has taken such sinuous turns these recent years, and rain sure is enough to dampen an already limp spirit. Instead of my habitual lamentations, however, this time I harnessed the transient energy of light on water. Transient. Just like life. Splendid!

“But all this splendor, and you along with it… it’s just as though it were built upon a shifting quagmire. A moment may come, a word can be spoken, and both you and all this splendor will collapse.” -Henrik Isben

Alisa is an Executive Assistant for the Vice Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a Baha’i, she serves her local community through hosting artistic prayer devotionals and thoughtful dialogues centered around the needs of the current times. She prefers to shoot still scenes that invoke feeling, and her favorite living thing to photograph is children.