Without an H

Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

Pink portraits


I’ve interrupted my Mekong trip to make a quick detour back to Saigon, so that I could say goodbye to some good friends who are leaving Vietnam to go home to Scotland. One of the best things about the expat life is the friends you make. One of the worst things is having to say goodbye to them. Ian and Helen, this one’s for you.

These portraits were taken in Chau Doc, my first stop back in Vietnam on this trip. It’s a market town in the Mekong delta, just over the border from Cambodia, and a fantastic place for people photography. This super-friendly mother and son not only were very happy to be photographed, but also insisted on me joining them for a sit down and a cup of iced tea.

8 Responses to “Pink portraits”

    • Jon Sanwell

      Thanks Mona. Both of these were shot in natural light, but not in direct sunlight. He was standing outside in the shade, and she was sitting just inside their front room, which opens out directly on to the street. One of the great things about photographing people in this part of the world is that you often find people sheltering from the sun in open shade, which can make for great light.

  1. Charly Makray-Rice

    Thank you for reminding me that happiness doesn’t come from the limits on out credit cards or the square footage of our homes but the size of our hearts.


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