Every town and city in Vietnam has at least one metal street, where you can buy engine parts, rivets, girders and other metal things I don’t know the names of. Can Tho’s metal street is actually two fairly short, very narrow intersecting alleyways, a stone’s throw and a million miles from the scenic waterfront. Sparks fly. Buzzing and clanging sounds fill the air. Tiny, cramped booths offer all manner of hardware for sale, and men – it’s nearly all men – saw, weld and solder in open-fronted workshops.
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10 Responses to “Metal Street”
They all look very relaxed. Was it a slow day?
It’s a fairly slow city! People there seem to have mastered the art of being busy without rushing.
A friend of mine on business in China described a similar street in Hong Kong that was even more parsed–fastener booths here, nuts and bolts there, springs in a different section, etc. Pretty amazing. As usual, great shots; great processing. Ken
Thanks, Ken. Seems to be a common theme in Asia that certain streets or neighbourhoods specialise in one particular thing.
These photos are out of this world. I have been along many similar streets in Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, but I never saw the beauty that you have captured here.
Very natural photos that capture the people and their surroundings. Well done!
That’s really cool. I didn’t know about metal streets and actually didn’t get to see any the short time I was there.
you are creating and documenting some really nice images and memories. good work!