The images are from my recent trip to Vietnam in April 2003. This was my second trip to Vietnam since 2000.
My journey began in Hanoi and I gradually made my way down the coastline and mountains to Saigon. Each time I visit this beautiful country as well as its warm and generous inhabitants, I want to extend my trip even further. Vietnam is place where you need at least 3 weeks to become aclimated as well as explore the vast terrain.
These photos are a small peek at my ten day journey from the nation's capital of Hanoi towards Cuu Long ("Nine Dragons" or the Mekong River Delta).
I used a Nikon N70 with a Nikkor 50mm lens, a Nikkor 20mm, and a Nikkor 16mm fisheye. The film was Ektachrome 400X Color Slide Film.
Although I've been trained as an oil painter for so many years, I've always used photography as my visual journal and even as subjects for painted works. I began shooting 35mm B/W film and then I slowly progressed into color.
What fascinates me about photography is that one split second can be the culmination of an experience, so all that remains of an event or perhaps a lifetime is the photograph. The seconds before or the seconds after fade. Only a frozen moment remains.
... I was born in Vietnam, raised in Arizona, and grew up in New York City. I currently live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area where I received my MFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. I enjoy travelling to new places with my girlfriend and taking photos with my Canon 7N, 20D, and Yashica-Mat.
Also contributed to:
- Issue 13: Streets of San Francisco