The very nature of photography is slicing time. Photographs are based on exposure to light, be it film or sensor and usually lasting only a fraction of a second. But in that unique moment, magic is made, never to be repeated, for seasons change, expressions are different, and nothing is static. It’s just a click, but one of endless boundaries and imagination, pausing time, and never to be captured again.
December 20, 2017, 7:30:35 pm - Old Quarters, Hanoi
One of my favorite streets in Vietnam is Nguyễn Thiện Thuật, located in Hanoi's Old Quarter. It's a place that transitions during its 20 hours day, from meat merchants at three in the morning to fruit and vegetable sellers in the evening. Every night, these women line up with their bicycles selling their goods to locals. It was the lighting, patterns, shadows, and especially the subject that caught my eye. The scene is very typical of how hard the Vietnamese work to support their families. What is not evident in the photo is the exponential changes occurring in and around the Old Quarter and throughout Vietnam. Much has changed in this wonderful country since my first trip in 1996.
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