Ah little square boxes how I love thy. These days it seems that everyone does too and I’m not setting any trends by doing it as well, but one day it got me thinking.
In the middle of this year I started to take daily images about my life and environment in Vietnam. This should not be a shock for most people but, after being based here for over 6 years, I have been finding myself slightly numb to some of the amazing daily things I see here. So I decided something needed to change and I needed a little daily project to spark some new life into the relationship I have with this country. Basically it is me and not you Vietnam.
It is simple really, when driving around Hanoi or other places in the country and I see something interesting instead of my thinking, “oh that is a good photo wish I had my camera with me” or “I wish I had wasn’t in a rush to be at ……” I stop and whip out the trusty phone. I know I should have my camera with me at all times but surprisingly I don’t carry all 5kg of camera with me when I go to the supermarket, a meeting or for a bicycle ride. The camera I do have available everywhere I go is my iPhone and thus it is what I use most times. There have been times I really wished for a better quality images but for me this is just part of a habit for me to slow down, see more and to take images freely of what I see. Since I have started this project it has revitalized my curiosity for this country once again. Experimenting and keeping things fresh is what is all about with all relationships and photography is no different.
Of course all of these images are posted on Instagram(Ehrin_Macksey) in case you want to follow me.
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.