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Hanoi, Winter Of 2010

Konica Hexar RF

Canon 50mm F1.4 LTM

Kodak Tri-X 400, pushed to 1600

HC-110B, 16mins

 

First time in Vietnam & I booked a direct flight to Hanoi. The main idea was to be there to shoot & attend a fellow RF-er's wedding in Hanoi.

 

I spend 5 days mostly alone in Hanoi. I had no prior planning on where I should be going or what I should be doing. Just booked a flight & the hotel & let the road take me for 5 days before I met up with Mai to head to Halong Bay.

 

I enjoyed shooting there, the only thing that allowed me to get to places & navigate would be my iPhone with the GPS & just one pirated copy of Lonely Planet, Vietnam sold along the streets in Hanoi.

 

Every morning before I got out of the hotel, read a couple of pages of Lonely Planet, Vietnam, routed the route on my iPhone & walked around for almost 4-5hours each day taking pictures & experiencing the local culture.

 

Most of the locals called me "dien" which meant "mad" in Vietnamnese as in the daily average of 15 degree celsius, I was only wearing T-shirts, berms. I got quite a fair bit of stares from all the locals as they were all wrapped up in their jackets etc.

 

The old quarter where I stayed in was an amazing place & that was the place where the wonderful street life takes place. From 5am-11pm, there was plenty to shoot all round.

 

I guess the only problem there would be communication as the Vietnamese people do not actually speak English well.

 

I nearly got robbed on my first night in Hanoi as some dodgy looking girl came up to me & tried to pick my pocket while talking to me. Threw her a nice Lennox Lewis heavy right hook to her face & broke her nose! ha!!!!

 

Other than that incident that took place, Hanoi was just perfect. The street side food, the weather, it was all perfect! Didn't wanna come home at all!

 

These are my documentation of life in Hanoi, I hope you all enjoy them!

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Taken on December 30, 2010