Ah China so close yet so far. At least this is how it has felt since I have been living in Vietnam for last 6 years. People are always telling me about it and I have always wanted to go, even to see a little bit of it. Well that opportunity finally came early last month when I got a 4 day corporate assignment in Kunming, China and I decided to go 2 days ahead of my assignment to wander around and just be curious of this foreign land. I couldn’t tell you anything that you haven’t already heard, but I did like it very much and it was great to get lost again like I used to when I first moved to Southeast Asia.
My plan of attack for my 2 days of exploration was simple. Armed with an iPhone with google maps and translate(probably gave horrible translations) I got on a public bus and jump off when I saw something interesting. Needless to say I jumped off the bus (sometimes while it was still moving) a good amount of times. I saw some temples, large scale construction, parks, city life and a nuclear power plant. Pretty much everything a tourist would not want to see and I was completely happy. Now I am even more curious about China and can’t wait to go back.
Below is a series of things and people I saw in my two days of bus jumping in the city of Kunming. As always thanks for checking them out.
Just came back from a great trip to the Pu Luong National Park about 4 hours away from Hanoi, Vietnam by motorbike. This was mostly a trip to relax with some good friends and just enjoy where we are.
The bike trip was amazing both going to Pu Luong via the Ho Chi Minh Highway and then on the way back through some back roads. This time of the year everything is super green and it is hard not go ohhhh and ahhhh as you drive along the picturesque roads.
When we got to our destination we went waterfall bouldering, hanging out with the locals at the “pool”, a little bit of hiking and some fishing. It was all very stressful as you can imagine. If it could get any better, on the last night we were there we got to see a wicked lightning storm.
I have never visited a national park in Vietnam but after this trip I defiantly want to go see more.
Here are some not so serious images from the trip. Enjoy
Last month I was commissioned to document a local community around the offices for one of my corporate clients in Ho Chi Minh City. I must say, I love the idea not just because it helps me keep the lights on, but because when local people visit the offices it will make them feel (hopefully) like the business is part of the local community. I wish I saw more companies in Vietnam developing these kind of ideas for corporate photography rather than the contrived realities normally done of what they wish Vietnam was like. We all live in neighborhoods like these and there is something special about them. When you send a photographer out to capture the local people and places I think the audience will respond better to the honesty and beauty found in their own neighborhood. At least that is my take.
Here are some of the images I captured while wandering around this particular neighborhood for the day. Thanks for looking.
In about the middle of last year I started to get a lot of inquires about doing some wedding photography in Vietnam. I have always wanted to shoot weddings as, to me, it is a documentary photography paradise, filled with ample supplies of emotion, passion, light and of course great moments all waiting to be captured. This is a great experience to document and now I love shooting weddings! I was lucky enough to get some wedding work in Hanoi, Vietnam and Hoi An, Vietnam at the end of last year and have a couple more already for 2012. As to organize my images I have finally put together a small business, MWeddings, and a dedicated website where my portfolio of images and videos can be seen. I hope that people looking for a wedding photographer in Vietnam or Southeast Asia can find me easier and can see my work.
Thanks for checking it out and hopefully I will see you at your wedding.