Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell



Winter in Hanoi has been mild so far, though the pessimist in me is wary about what February and March have in store. Up until now, despite the cold of the early morning and night time, the days have been mostly bright and sunny. These pictures were taken last week, in a Hanoi neighbourhood not far from where I live.

I’ve been trying for something a bit different with my pictures since coming back from my Mekong trip, shooting only in black and white and only with a 35mm lens, and with minimal post-processing. I think this approach is quite well suited to Hanoi in the autumn and winter. But I’ve not been shooting as much as I would like. While I was travelling in the summer, I was very focused on photography, shooting nearly every day, and planning my time and my travels around my pictures. Now that I’m settled back in Hanoi, photography has taken a bit of a back seat again, something to be fitted in around my job and my everyday life. This isn’t altogether a bad thing. I’m very happy to be living in Hanoi again, and am (mostly) enjoying teaching again, but I hope to be shooting and posting more often over the coming months.

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4 responses

  1. Black and white images are a great way to see more about the subjects. Seems to be more direct and honest than color images. Great images :)

    January 28, 2014 at 11:13 pm

  2. Are theses beautiful images shot on real Black and White film???

    January 29, 2014 at 4:16 am

    • No, I use a digital camera, but I was shooting with black and white in mind. Glad you like the pictures, and thanks for the positive feedback.

      February 9, 2014 at 6:40 pm

  3. Wow, great people and streetphotography. Much precision, much athmosphere. I look forward to see more.

    February 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm

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