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North Vietnam, 2000 - Leica M4, Summilux 35, Kodak Tri-X

Buffalo is considered by many tribes as a symbol of abundance. Most people love gentle water buffaloes so close to them. I was so close to these lovely ones that I suddenly felt their powerful breath; which made me fall backwards right in the ricefield's muddy water. It took me about one hour to clean and dry my black chrome Leica M4 and Summilux 35 Aspherical. May these smiling peasants live a better life they actually deserve! It was obvious for me that this candid picture easily qualifies for illustrating the photobook Vietnamese We - Người Việt Nam chúng tôi - Nous autres Vietnamiens. I selfpublished this ambitious photobook on Christmas 2011 for trying to promote the art and culture of Vietnam worldwide.

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Taken on November 12, 2010