Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell


Hanoi street portraits (#13)


Read all about it.

Hanoi street portraits (#12)


I tend to look quite foolish in a hat, so I always admire a man who can wear one with style.

Hanoi street portraits (#11)

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Hanoi bruisers.

Hanoi street portraits (#10)


Last week, thanks to the nice people at WordPress, my post on shooting for a year at 35mm was featured on Freshly Pressed, causing an ego-boosting spike in views of this site. I’d just like to say a quick hello to my new followers, and a big thank you to those who’ve been reading for a while. I appreciate all the support and comments, and I hope that you’ll continue to enjoy my pictures.



The Tet holiday is almost upon us, and the streets are full of kumquat trees. One of the traditions of the lunar new year in Hanoi┬áis to decorate the home with these fruit trees, so the roads throughout the city are busy with motorbikes carrying shrubbery of varying sizes from growers’ gardens to people’s houses. The smaller trees look like they’d be blown away in a sharp breeze, while the largest ones are a danger to overhead power lines. In the narrow stretch of land between the flower market on Au Co and the Red River, there are dozens of plots given over to growing these kumquat trees. Late on Sunday afternoon, when I visited, the neighbourhood was busy with families picking out their trees, growers digging up their crop, and delivery drivers speeding in and out on their motorbikes.

Another Tet tradition is for expats to flee the city in search of warmer weather, and – although the winter has been mild so far – I’ll be joining the exodus. On Saturday, I’m flying to Burma / Myanmar for three weeks. It’s a new destination for me, and somewhere I’ve been wanting to visit for some time. I know a few people who’ve been there, and they all seem to glow a little when they talk about it. It will be a while before I post any pictures from the trip, as I’m not taking my laptop with me, but I have a few more Hanoi street portraits lined up to post while I’m way.

Chuc mung nam moi, everyone.

Hanoi street portraits (#9)



Twinkly eyes; tired eyes.

Hanoi street portraits (#8)


Another couple of Hanoi street portraits.

As an aside, I’ve recently updated the gallery pages on this site. They’re up there, top right, or you can click on the links below:

These galleries show some of my favourite pictures from the last three or four years.

Hanoi street portraits (#7)

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These two guys run little street-side tea stalls in different parts of Hanoi. The guy at the top was initially very reluctant to have his picture taken but eventually decided to humour me; the guy at the bottom, now making his second appearance on this blog, was a very willing model. He has a big, goofy smile, but I prefer this more serious shot.


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