Vietnam

When I visited Vietnam the first time in 2018, I had already developed a liking for street photography. But it took me a while before I became comfortable doing that in Vietnam. I walked around with a 50mm lens attached to Canon 1300D camera, trying to capture the essence of street life in the country. For some reason, I was inclined towards shooting a lot in portrait mode.

I visited Ho Chi Minh city, Da Lat, Hoi An, Hue, and Hanoi. It was Hoi An where I became more comfortable with people in the streets thanks to tourist-friendly locals. Sipping cups of Vietnamese coffee, which was love at first sip, I walked around observing. Although language was a barrier, a smile worked just fine in most cases. Conversations also took place with locals speaking with me in Vietnamese and I speaking English. Probably we didn’t understand each other’s words but I do believe we understood what we meant.

When I left, I did not know when I will return to Vietnam. But I didn’t have to wait long. I visited Vietnam once again in late 2019. This time I visited places like Da Nang, Phong NHA, and Ninh Bình in addition to other cities I had visited before. During this visit, I gave my camera mostly a rest and gave a smartphone a try.

Both visits to Vietnam were wonderful experiences and through this album, I have tried to showcase the country through an enthusiast’s lens.

Years: 2018-2019

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A tailor working in Hoi An, Vietnam.
A man grooming himself photographed from a cafe in Ho Chi Minh City.
A street food vendor in Hoi An, Vietnam.
July 2018, Hoi An, Vietnam: Fish vendors arranging fish stock on a scooter
Fish vendors organising their stock to carry it on a motorbike. Hoi An.
Fish vendors organising their stock to carry it on a motorbike. Hoi An.
Fish vendors break ice with a wooden hammer. Hoi An.
Fish vendors break ice with a wooden hammer. Hoi An.
A fish seller inspects fish stock in Hoi An, Vietnam.
A fish vendor observes other fish vendors as they crowd to receive fresh fish.
A fish vendor observes other fish vendors as they crowd to receive fresh fish.
Portrait of a girl at a village in Da Lat, Vietnam.
July 2018, Hoi An, Vietnam: A floating candle seller’s face lit up by candle light
A girl photographed at a restaurant in Hue, Vietnam.
A diary vendor smiles at camera after a successful sale. Hoi An, Vietnam.
A girl wants to be photographed sitting on a motorbike in Da Lat.
A woman poses for a picture in front of the Japanese Bridge in Hoi An, Vietnam.
Friends visiting Hoi An pose for a picture.
Girls from China dressed in Ao Dai. Hoi An, Vietnam.
Girls wearing Ao Dai costume pose for a picture in Hoi An.
A boat woman photographed from a bridge as she smokes sitting on her boat.
A boat woman smiles as she notices the camera.
Elderly women photographed in Hue, Vietnam.
An elderly boat woman in Hoi An smiles as she is pictured during a boat ride.
A woman buys street food in Hoi An.
A woman in Hoi An, Vietnam smiles after she notices the camera.
A fruit vendor poses for a picture in Hoi An, Vietnam.
A vendor in Hoi An looks at the camera.
A woman making lamp at a shop in Hoi An.
A street vendor trying to fix a broken binocular.
A street vendor poses for a picture after her broken binocular is somewhat fixed by the photographer.
An elderly vendor counts money sitting on the side of the road in Hoi An.
A 102-year-old woman photographed in Hoi An – 2018.
A woman with red llips from chewing betel leaves pictured in Hoi An.
A tourist covers her face with a hand held fan at a restaurant in Hoi An.
A boy lit by candle light photographed in Hoi An.
A fisherman in Hoi An looks at the camera as he stops for a smoke.
A boat woman sitting on her boat with boats of other women around her.
A woman pictured sitting on her boat in Hoi An.
A boat woman photographed as she lights incense sticks.
A girl washing vegetables as chickens surround her. Da Lat, Vietnam.
Inside Hue Ancient City
July 2018, Hoi An, Vietnam: A woman making floating candles that she will sell in the evening
July 2018, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City building
July 2018, Hoi An, Vietnam: A man washes his boat in river
December 2019, Da Lat, Vietnam: Idol at a Buddhist temple
July 2018, Da Lat, Vietnam: A Laughing Buddha statue
December 2019, Da Lat, Vietnam: The Laughing Buddha painted white
A commercial complex in Ho Chi Minh City
July 2018, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Huyen Si Church
December 2019, Hoi An, Vietnam: Inside Martyrs’ Cemetery
December 2019, Ninh Binh, Vietnam: Driving through the countryside – II
December 2019, Hue, Vietnam: Visitors at Thien Mu Pagoda get their picture taken
December 2019, Ninh Binh, Vietnam: Driving through the countryside – I
December 2019, Da Nang, Vietnam: Inside Hoa Nghiem cave
December 2019, Phong Nha, Vietnam: Inside a cave
December 2019, Phong Nha, Vietnam: A cave entrance
December 2019, Hue, Vietnam: At the Imperial City
December 2019, Hue, Vietnam: An abandoned building