VIETNAM Street Photography
We were greeted in Saigon by the oppressive summer heat and a population with too many motor bikes. Regulation is minimal here. There are no traffic rules to speak of, just a constant crisscross flow of bikes, scooters, taxis and pedestrians. Freight appears to be mostly transported via motor scooters or push bikes. In order to cross the road you just venture out slowly and the traffic flows around you like water in a river crossing. It's quite scary at first but you soon get used to it. The side walks are not there for pedestrians, they are used for parking motor bikes, and any spare space where bikes are not parked are taken up by el fresco cafes and restaurants, street stalls, rickshaws, street barbers and tradesmen such as bike repair shops and furniture makers plying their trade. So a walk down the street involves joining the traffic on the road.
In an effort to avoid tanning the skin, many wear multi layered long-sleeved clothing, socks, gloves and face masks, so that even the eyes can barely be seen. During the heat of the day people can be found sleeping in the street, some on their scooters, in rickshaws or cars, park benches or behind their stalls.
People here are mostly sweet, warm and friendly, ...happy to be photographed. I use this as a benchmark for the spirit of the nation. Generally speaking, if people are happy in themselves they will be happy to have their picture taken.
We traveled overland from Saigon to Hanoi, passing through Dalat in the Southern Highlands, crossed to Nah Trang on the East Coast, and continued up the coast, passing through Hoi An, DaNan and Hue. We also made side trips up the Mekong River in the South, and SaPa, BaHa, CatCat, Ta Phin and Muong Hum in the Northern Highlands
All images in the Vietnam series have been captured using the Canon G7x