Without an H

Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell



Public displays of affection between men and women are quite rare among Vietnamese people – in daylight at least – but it’s not unusual to see friends of the same sex, men or women, holding hands or being otherwise touchy-feely. I’m not sure if these two were laughing at me, at each other, or at something else entirely.

(Taken last month in Vinh Long, in the Mekong delta)

9 Responses to “BFFs”

  1. kerril29

    This photo is so great! It is so rare to see such genuine smiles and affection between two Vietnamese women – my neighbours are constantly at each others throats fighting and arguing! So lovely 🙂

  2. overdueadventure

    Wow, this photo is amazing. The relationships between same sex Vietnamese is very different to the West, it’s really interesting.

    I have been traveling through South East Asia this year and am currently living in Vietnam teaching English. It’s been great but I’m actually leaving Vietnam in a few weeks for more travels – first to China and then on to Australia. If you have a second you can check out/follow my blog here:


    Look forward to reading more posts and seeing more photos from you – I love this.


  3. deadpants

    Great pics. I was considering leaving Vietnam out of my Southeast Asia Trip in the fall, your blog has helped in part convince me otherwise. What are your thoughts on 4:3 vs 3:2?

    • Jon Sanwell

      That’s good to hear – I’d always recommend Vietnam as a place to visit. It’s not always easy, but it’s never boring.

      I always use a 2×3 aspect in my pictures (except occasionally in landscape shots, where I go wider). I think it’s more elegant than 4×3, which can look a bit ‘boxy’ to me.

  4. deadpants

    Sounds about right. Iv’e always used 4×3 just because it’s the native ratio of every camera iv’e ever owned and I never really gave it much thought. Think it’s about time I switch it up.


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