Without an H

Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

Narrow neighbourhoods (III)

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In my last few weeks before leaving Hanoi in September, I had lots of grand plans about various photography projects I would start or revive as a way of saying farewell to a city that had been my home for so long. Most of these never really got started. Turns out that there are quite a lot of other things you have to think about when you have less than a month to pack up your life and move to a new country. So, as always, there are a lot of pictures left untaken. I particularly regret not making it back to the Red River brick factories that were a fleeting obsession of mine this time last year. But I did spend some time wandering up and down the thin stretch of lanes and alleyways in between the dyke road and the river that I think of as the narrow neighbourhoods, and which I featured on this site in April last year. This is one of my favourite photo walks in Hanoi, a busy but not overcrowded stretch that offers countless little slices of everyday Hanoi life.

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14 Responses to “Narrow neighbourhoods (III)”

  1. allentimphotos2

    As always, a very nice series of environmental portraits. A high level of sensitivity. I can see why you like this area so much.
    Where are you headed?

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    • Jon Sanwell

      Thanks, Bunty. There’s a surprising amount of dust in the air around those pineapple trucks – that’s why the workers are wearing masks.

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  2. bluebrightly

    Very effective, I can understand why you’d have regrets. It’s hard leaving a place you found so much inspiration in. That last photo in particular is priceless.

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    • Jon Sanwell

      Thank you. I’m now living in Yangon, in Myanmar. I’ve been here about six weeks now, and already have lots of pictures to sort through.

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