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.

Through the Wall, Vietnam

Trader, Hoi An, Vietnam 2011

What were the chances? I was on a school trip and the hotel we checked into was – opposite a school!

I think it is a very south-east Asia picture, where street traders are more commonplace than the In the UK.

Would a tighter picture with just the trader and the child leaning through the wall have been better? It would have been stronger, but I like the context.

Street Trader, Georgetown

Roti Man – Georgetown, Penang 2015

I used to live in Penang. Street traders are a feature of life there, selling sweets and snacks from the back of a motorcycle. I am told the Roti Man delicacy is an ice-cream sandwich. I wish I had tried it.

Technical Details

Canon EOS 650D and 24mm STM lens. A really good combination for this kind of photography, just right for walking down fairly narrow roads. Nice and sharp into the corners. I did consider posting a black and white conversion, but it felt like I was pushing an “olde worlde” view – which I’m not.