Words cannot describe the great experience I had in Vietnam. I've visited this country on Febr for two weeks, just after the Tet Holiday (great timing for celebrations) My only agenda was to take pictures as much as possible and experience the food. Oh, and see the full moon lantern festival in Hoian, that took place on Feb 5th. Like all tourists visiting this country, I was overwhelmed by the massive traffic in the streets, but managed it after all. Here is my 'Vietnam Oriental Express'
"One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind"
Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam February 2012
As a photographer, I love taking pictures of others who take pictures. There is something very special in being in the moment, looking at the viewpoint and click. When I take a picture, I always feel as the world around me freezes for the second I click the camera bottom. After I hear the sound of the shutter released, it’s like the world can get back to normal again. I was planning to take a picture of Hoan Kiem Lake on a misty morning for a long time. In fact, that was one of the reasons I wanted to go there. It was a fine misty morning on February when I just started my walk and passed through the lake, as I used to do every morning. And then I saw this young woman with her camera, pointing at d Ngoc Son Temple in the middle of the lake and the two teenager boys sitting on the right. I love the green and red color combination, both of her bag, the guy’s coat and the green of the lake and the tree.
When I took the picture, the world around me DID freeze for a second.