Chau Doc (Vietnam). Chau Doc is an intriguing destination on the Mekong delta, close to the Cambodian border. I definitely loved this place: I spent some hours photographing the life along the river’s banks, watching people farming fishes and moving with their boats. There’s something of magic here, it’s difficult to explain: a sort of “Vietnamese Venice” that made me thing that if Canaletto were from Vietnam, he would had painted Chau Doc.
Chau Doc (Vietnam). This is a slum – a very poor and overpopulated urban settlement – along the Mekong Delta, in Chau Doc. I went through it directly from the river. As I saw it, I was impressed by the colours of some clothes and towels hung out to dry. However, as I walked along the narrow pier connecting the river to the main street, I remember I could not believe how dark was that path – my eyes were blind and even my camera was not properly set for those conditions of very poor light. I found these two aspects quite symbolic of life in that place…
Mekong Delta (Vietnam). I met this guy during a tour along the delta of the Mekong River, not too far from Can Tho in the south of Vietnam. We stopped our boat to meet a small community of locals, which were basing their economy on coconuts and related products like milk, oil, candies and many types of handicrafts.
Of course, the entire process must from the preparation of the harvested coconuts, and this guy was so fast and precise to cut and clean them that I was hypnotized by his gestures and his ability.
The amount of coconuts he had been able to prepare was clearly visible from the huge number of shells in the background, which were forming a sort of brownish wall. I found his half-naked body emerging from this “sea of shells” a very interesting subject for a portrait photograph, and he did not look annoyed or distracted by my camera.
One final comment: I used the 105mm f/2 DC Nikon lens for this photo. The more I use it, the more I love it (especially for portraits, usually mounted on a Nikon Df camera). This lens is a perfect travel mate, I can’t leave it at home!
Chau Doc (Vietnam). Navigating along the Mekong River’s delta is an amazing experience, no need to say. People living on the floating houses – mainly fishermen and fish farmers – populate this part of Vietnam and make it unique in the world. I was enjoying a solo-cruise at sunset looking for fishermen to photograph, when my attention was captured by this young man sit on his house’s entrance. The perfect light, typical of the “golden hour”, together with his face, his position and the house framing him, made the entire scene very nice to be photographed. I could not resist!
Chau Doc (Vietnam). Another daily life scene from the Mekong Delta, in Vietnam.
Can Tho (Vietnam). The unforgettable atmosphere at the Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho. A woman is selling her goods during a “typically” hectic morning on the Mekong Delta.
Chau Doc (Vietnam). Daily life in of the many villages along the Mekong Delta; a child is going home back from school dragging her school bag – as it happens in many other parts in the world…
Chau Doc (Vietnam). Chau Doc is a nice and picturesque city along the Mekong delta, close to the Cambodian border. It’s position contributed to the development of an important market, and as it happens in Vietnam, markets are great placed for shooting people photographs…