Eerie Portraits of Taiwanese Stage Trucks Transport You to the End of the World

Eerie Portraits of Taiwanese Stage Trucks Transport You to the End of the World

Unlike photographers who try to capture a performer’s spark on stage, Taiwanese shutterbug Shen Chao-Liang makes a point of keeping people out of the picture. Instead, his Stage series documents the ethereal look of Taiwanese stage trucks before the performers climb aboard for the show.
Despite the lack of human subjects, Shen’s images display plenty of personality: Shot mostly in what he calls the “ambiguous light” of dusk, the mobile stages glow like vestigial visions of color and life. Bereft of humans, the scenes resemble a ghostly, evacuated carnival caught on film after the end of the world.