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Hanoi rose 100_0608

These roses were shot in Hanoi, Vietnam, in natural light at the window of my hotel room. For some of them I used my compact powder mirror to reflect some extra light.


These roses cost between 60 cents and $2 for a big bunch of 40, each bloom perfect and stunning and freshly cut that morning and brought into the city on the back of a bicycle or motorino.


Flowers in Hanoi are very inexpensive because it is the biggest city closest to the flower growing regions in the horth of the country.


Most of the flowers are for export - the ones pictures here are the rejects! That's right.

Maybe the blooms were just a bit too small or too big for type specified by the client.

Maybe the stem was too thick, a bit crooked, or the thorns were extra big.

Maybe there was too much pink or too little, or maybe two blooms doubled up on one stem.


To me, they were perfect, and smelled amazing! I was in Hanoi for three weeks, and my hotel room had big bunches of flowers standing all around. The bouquets were arranged in cut off plastic water bottles. I spent many a happy hour by the window with a makeshift podium in lieu of a tripod, snapping away beauty of a rose after rose after rose...


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Taken on April 27, 2007