Saturday, August 16, 2008

Faces of Vietnam

"Same same but different." to borrow my buddy, ironwulf's expression, this is one of the things I realized during our Northern Vietnam journey. One looks at the faces of our Vietnamese neighbors and it's almost like gazing at the same faces back home here in the Philippines. Like this old man in Ta Van in the Sapa Valley whom I stole a shot of as most locals are very conscious of cameras (difference: Pinoys practically embrace them, posing even without a cue).I n some ways this can be frustrating but on the other hand, the shy locals make for interesting subjects who don't assume Mr. Pogi poses as most Pinoys are wont to do.
Going through the small streets near the Old Quarters in Hanoi, we have plenty of subjects to capture save for the fact that it was perennially tricky to stay on the street and not be knocked over by an endless stream of motorcycles. (Point of same-ness: with the rising gas prices and popularity of motorbikes here in the Philippines, we may just end up commuting like the Vietnamese do). Venturing to the side streets, one can see slices of ordinary life like this kid in an alley. If it weren't for the Chinese script on the door, it would pass for a Pinoy kid somewhere in our country's own Chinatown.

9 comments:

Stanley said...

You've got REALLY nice shots here. Its awesome that so much of your work got featured in magazines! Cheers =)

margaret said...

oggss... nice one:) nice angle:) very friendly yung face niya sa cam. may dating... may story behind it:)hehehe...:)

Random Ramblings said...

physically, vietnamese are like the filipinos. though i think filipinos are more hospitable. and we are more fluent in english. even our small kids speak the language.

lagal[og] said...

thanks so much stanley. do visit this site again :-)

marga, salamat. and to think stolen shot ito because the locals very rarely accede to being shot.

arlene, totoo yan. sayang nga, we don't fully capitalize on our english proficiency. if we don't watch out, vietnam can surpass us in terms of tourist visitors

Ferdz said...

Now you remind about those motos and taking street snaps. I remember they were like a few inches away from me while I was taking a snap. Katakot! hehe

Lawstude said...

i agree oggie. para ngang pinoy din sila. mas mukha pang foreigner yung kuha mo sa lola sa batanes. great shots as usual.

lagal[og] said...

wulferdz, onga eh, ilang beses ka nahaging nung mga motos, hehehe. what we are prepared to do to take a shot talaga :-)

oman, thanks man :-D they do look pinoy until they speak :-)

the donG said...

i really like the first shot bro. how far were you from this woman?

"same but different" - i relly dont know what this means. hehehe...

lagal[og] said...

dom, she is actually a "he". we were like 4-5 feet from lolo. he was evading our cameras so talagang trial and error yung shoot namin ni ferdz. but i guess i got lucky with this one.

yung "same-same but different" means finding similarities but also finding differences at the same time :-)

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