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Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

On solid ground


If I could only take pictures in one kind of location, it would be the streets and markets of Vietnam. Can Tho, the main city of the Mekong delta, is best known for the nearby floating markets, but the dry land city streets are where I found the pictures that I like the most. While I enjoyed the experience of visiting the floating markets by boat, I didn’t come back from those trips with the pictures that I wanted. Maybe I’m just more comfortable with solid ground beneath my feet, being able to move where I want, rather than having to make the best of the boat’s position.

I spent a fair amount of time in Can Tho relaxing on the waterfront, watched over by a giant statue of Uncle Ho, but found time in the early mornings and late afternoons to wander the nearby side-streets and markets.  I seem to have been particularly drawn to strong reds, greens and blues during my stay. The original old market building now houses a riverfront restaurant and assorted souvenir stalls, so the market for fresh meat, fish, fruit and vegetables has spilled out onto the adjacent streets.











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6 Responses to “On solid ground”

  1. adamrobertyoung

    Some great images as always. I like the one with the guy and the TVs the most, maybe because it’s slightly less organic than what I’m used to seeing here on your blog – the hard edges of the TVs makes it stand out a little from the others – it has quite a different feel to it. Not that I don’t really enjoy all your other images also.

    • Jon Sanwell

      Thanks Adam. I almost didn’t include the TV guy picture, as I thought it maybe didn’t fit in this set, but as you say, I think the contrast with the other pictures works quite well.

  2. dalo2013

    Another great series Jon, I have yet to travel to Can Tho, although from what you have said and shown, one day I must visit the best city in the delta. Cheers.


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