Without an H

Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

Under grey Saigon skies

I’ve been shooting just in black and white for a couple of months now.  I wanted to do something different for my trip to Dalat, so a couple of weeks before leaving, I began my self-imposed black and white challenge, and have continued with it on the few occasions I’ve been out with my camera since coming back to Saigon.  I’m naturally drawn to colour when I’m out with my camera, so shooting with the intention of creating black and white images has made me more selective about who and what I take pictures of.

Much as I’ve enjoyed this black and white phase, I’m also looking forward to going back to colour for a while.  At the weekend, I’m heading north for a couple of weeks.  I’ll be spending most of that time in the hills in Lao Cai province, so you can expect to see lots of green on this blog before too long, though I also have an idea for a black and white series of Hanoi pictures.

10 Responses to “Under grey Saigon skies”

  1. lucywilliamspoetry

    I love black at white, there is a quality to the photos you just cant get with colour!

  2. Stephen Foster

    I often find myself enamored of green landscapes; probably because they are only found part of the year, here, in central California. I realised that much green is essentially monochrome. I’m looking forward to that work, however rendered.

  3. T. W. Dittmer

    Reblogged this on T. W. Dittmer and commented:
    I’ve held a special place in my mind for Saigon. That’s really not very logical, since I didn’t spend a lot of time there, and the memories are pretty blurred.

    Nonetheless, I stumbled on this blog and wanted to share it with you.

  4. Mike's PhoBlography

    The woman in the hat photo…love it. There’s a quality of shyness and unsurety in her look. I’m intrigued to learn what, if any, fill lighting you use.

    • Jon Sanwell

      Thanks Mike. I just use natural or available light. I think I know what you mean about the lady in the hat – she was happy being photographed, but seemed a little self-conscious about her chipped front teeth, which I think is why her smile is a little shy and hesitant.

  5. dcphoto

    Beautiful B&W lady portrait of the first one shot, so expressive and rich of culture details…


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