Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

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Three gentlemen

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These three old boys were hanging out at a little tea stall outside an almost abandoned pagoda near Truc Bach lake this afternoon.

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Paint the town yellow

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If a place can have a signature colour, then Hanoi’s would be this shade of yellow, which can be seen on walls throughout the city.

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Saturday

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Autumn is my favourite time of year in Hanoi. The temperature is mild, the humidity bearable and the light soft and even.

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New photobook: Downriver

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Five countries, four months, one river.

In the summer of 2013, I spent four months following the Mekong river through south-east Asia. From the Xishuangbanna region in China’s Yunnan province, I travelled into northern Laos (making my apologies to Burma), crossed the river for a brief visit to Thailand, then continued down through the southern tail of Laos and into eastern Cambodia, before finishing my journey in the Mekong delta region in southern Vietnam. This book is a collection of my photographs and thoughts from the trip.

The 136 page book is available as an 8×10 in softcover book or as a PDF download. Click here to order or to see a limited preview.

Coming soon: Downriver

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My new photobook, Downriver, will be available soon. Watch this space for further details.

June afternoons

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A few more photographs taken in Hanoi over the last few weeks.

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Weight

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I’ve written before about how it often seems like all the hard work in Vietnam is done by women. No-one works harder than the women who carry these don ganh through the streets.

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Daylight fades

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Late afternoon and early evening – when it’s not raining – is such a good time to take photographs in Hanoi at the moment. Walking around with the camera as the daylight fades is a hot and sweaty experience at this time of year, but a very rewarding one, as I think that the warm light from the low sun brings out the best in the city.

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Hanoi cafe culture

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Late on Sunday afternoon, I came across these two gentlemen, customer and proprietor of a Hanoi street cafe. Cafes are everywhere in Hanoi, big and small. This is one of the smaller ones.

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