Outside a Cafe, Ho Chi Minh City

Restaurant, Ho Chi Minh City 2009

Vietnam is an extraordinary place, full of vibrant colour and drama. I used to love just wandering around and seeing what was going on. They have a strong craft tradition, with many things which we might buy off the peg, being made individually there.

I’m trying to remember where this place is – I think it is close to the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. It is another place I found by walking by. As you can see in the photo, the pavement is often a place for leaving a scooter or for peddlers to sell things, not so much a palce for walking.

One of the things I miss, being away for South East Asia, is the abundance of coconuts being sold on the street.

Walking on the Beach, El Salvador

LaLibertad, El Salvador 2007

It occurs to me that of my favourite photographs, nearly all the landscapes are seascapes. I wonder why that is?

Once upon a time, I used to live in El Salvador. I went to live in the country, knowing almost nothing about it, save that they had a very violent civil war a decade or so before.

When I lived there, at weekends, I would sometimes go to the beach (many middle-class Salvadorians keep a simple beach house) at the weekend. Which was the first time, I saw the Pacific Ocean.

First Time in the Pacific, 2007