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Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

Posts tagged ‘bac ha’

October all over again

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This blog has been a little quiet lately, mostly because I’ve been back home in England (for a little longer than planned) where it’s been too cold, grey and wet to take any photographs.  Anyone eager to see pictures of the Sussex countryside in winter will, I’m afraid, have to look elsewhere.

I have, though, dug out some more pictures from my October trip to north-west Vietnam, which I’m posting here.

In other news, I will soon be unleashing my first photobook on an unsuspecting world.  It’s a collection of portrait pictures taken in Vietnam over the last year and a bit, titled – unless someone can come up with something better – Portraits of Vietnam.  Watch this space for further details, and seriously, please let me know in the comments section below if you have a good idea for a title.

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In the kitchen

I took this picture in Bac Ha, but it didn’t seem to fit in my earlier post, as it was taken on one of the side streets, rather than in the market.  It’s not the sharpest picture I’ve ever taken, but I like it, so I’m posting it on its own here.

She was making rice noodles in a tiny street-side kitchen in the late afternoon.  I liked the way she was lit by the fading sunlight outside, and I liked her style.  Her slightly incongruous black suit jacket made a great contrast to the bright colours worn by the Flower Hmong market traders elsewhere in town.

Market days

Saturday morning in Can Cau market. Mud underfoot, mist above. Women buy and sell, men smoke and drink rice wine.


Sunday morning in Bac Ha market.  Hoped to capture a sense of place, but ended up concentrating mostly on patterns and portraits.