Hanoi Vietnam viewed through Leica M
Old 05-05-2014   #1
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Hanoi Vietnam viewed through Leica M

I've been thinking whether I should open a thread to depict a city because it's far beyond my possibility. Anyway, I will try to post and give captions; hope that people could have some information about Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. If anybody of you has visited and want to share, feel free to post photos.

Here we go, from the latest rolls

1. This is a warehouse where people collect things to be recycled, includes steel, aluminum, brass... from those women. They go through streets to buy scrap from each household. In Vietnam, we still do not have different trash bins to separate the waste from beginning.


1404 M2_35F2 Hanoi 07 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

2. The woman on the left was making fried eggs for the other old ladies. People in Hanoi like to have food right on the street.


1404 M2_35F2 Hanoi 06 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

3. Again, drinking draft beer on street.


1404 M2_35F2 Hanoi 03 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

4. A small kiosk to sell cigarettes, beverage, tea...


1404 M2_35F2 Hanoi 11 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

5. They make food and sell it in front of their house.


1404 M2_35F2 Hanoi 13 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr
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... yes very exotic ... more please
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very nice photographically.
If I may add a techincal comment: the blacks are not true blacks and the images have a green tint. Some filtering during the scan and a levels adjustment should get rid of that small flaw.
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Interesting photos, and thanks for the explanatory captions.
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Wonderful. Thanks for the photos. A place I always wanted to visit.

I could burn my "era" draft card there!
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lovely set....colorful & spirited , the streets of Hanoi
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I remember Kiemchacsu's set in another thread featuring the village people of Vietnam, and that was also very special.

These few are from my last trip back in 2009, while on my way to Sapa. They are on the Nikon D200 (digital, yeeks!), so if its contrary to the thread, please feel free to remove them





Stamp carver, Hanoi
Hand carved wood stamps which I simply had to get for myself and friends. I even got them autographed. They take pride in what they do, and I respect that. They may be doing it on the street, but they do it with heart.


Girl with baby brother, Sapa, Vietnam, 2009.
Shot with my Nikon F100 on HP5 (I think) and scanned with my cheapo scanner back in 2009.


Perimeter of Hoa Kiem Lake, Hanoi.
Street hawkers are plenty, and this is how they sustain their lives and their families, through sheer determination.

They didnt win the war by chance. They won it through gritting their teeth and getting down and dirty to survive.

I have crawled through the tunnels with my Domke F2, and till today, I have no clue how they did it with rice, babies, rifles and tools for 20 years.

Oh yes, the coffee...ROCKS.
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A fascinating glimpse into another world... far from the world I inhabit. Thank you! Please keep them coming.
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I was in Hanoi during August 2007 for an adoption: beautiful people and culture. My daughter is now 7, and we should return for a visit. Will avoid high summer this time.
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Thank you all for your interests! Some more photos:

During the Soviet era (says 60s - 70s previous century), Soviet Union and East Germany had helped Vietnam to build many residential unit while we were still busy with the Civil War. I guess that were the huge improvement in terms of living condition at that time but at the moment, most of them are in serious deterioration. The City has been trying to demolish and rebuild them but there are still a lot remained in really bad condition. I am giving an example of "Van Chuong residential neighborhood", the place I've visited several times to document it.

6. Here is the facade of a apartment, you can have an idea how old it is.

1207_16_Vanchuong_Fomapan100_2 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

7. The electricity odometers are located in front of each building

1207_14_Vanchuong_Fomapan100 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

8. Normally, there is a common playing ground for several buildings. Not so big but enough for kids playing football or guys doing body buider

1207_07_Vanchuong_Fomapan100(F3) by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

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1207_05_HP5+_2 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

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1207_01_Vanchuong_Fomapan100(F3) by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

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1207_29_Vanchuong_Fomapan100(F3) by kiemchacsu, on Flickr
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#8 is nice, but #11 is really cool.
A little girl holding a (fake) gun actually says a lot more than it looks if you associate it with the Vietnam War.
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#8 is nice, but #11 is really cool.
A little girl holding a (fake) gun actually says a lot more than it looks if you associate it with the Vietnam War.
So a photo of a kid in the US holding a gun says what?

I really don't understand what you are getting at?
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Sorry I didnt mean to say its violence.

I mean that in their defence of their lives, even women played a part in the war, either through building weapons/traps or holding arms.
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#8 is nice, but #11 is really cool.
A little girl holding a (fake) gun actually says a lot more than it looks if you associate it with the Vietnam War.
An american gun too. (Mack 10)
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this is great, the most interesting thread around here for me anyway - for a long,long time.
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I spent two weeks in Hanoi in 2008 - great city, I liked the food, the buildings and streets, and the people; everything except crossing the road.
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Hope you guys are not bored; I continue with the Van Chuong Residential Area

12. Here is the corridor, where on its right is the toilet/kitchen and on the left is living area of about 20m2.


1207_37_Vanchuong_Fomapan100_2 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

13. This old man was an artist of folklore. Now he is retired and living in 6m2 room converted from kitchen mentioned above. His son and the family live in the other space


[email protected] by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

14. People still have to live with low living condition. Below is a common bathrooms share by several householdS.


1207_21_HP5+ by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

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1207_22_Vanchuong_Fomapan100_2 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

16.


1207_26_HP5+ by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

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1207_19_HP5+ by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

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1207_20_Vanchuong_Fomapan100_2 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

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1207_01_Vanchuong_Fomapan100 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr
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Wonderful work; i like the green tint of the color ones. Please send more!
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Good stuff. Very interesting. I'm almost next door but have never made the trip.

Now I am very tempted.
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I should clarify that the city has been developed quite fast these years though still lots of things to do.

May be I should pause the section of old residential areas for a while and shift to a more beautiful Hanoi. Like I said in the first post, it's nearly impossible to depict the city by only myself!

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Threads like this remind me why I still shoot film... Beautiful stuff.

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Hope you guys are not bored; I continue with the Van Chuong Residential Area ...
... not bored yet
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So, I'm here again to show you color faces of the Van Chuong residential area; after this I will move to another theme

20. Hanoi in Feb/March is very humid. The weather is sprinkles and drizzle all day. Thus, one rare sunny days, people will hang clothes everywhere


'1403_M2-35f2IV_Van-Chuong_superia_28 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

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'1403_M2-35f2IV_Van-Chuong_superia_06 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

22. Kids playing in common yard

after school hour by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

23. Kids playing in common yard

Playing ground by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

24.

140401 rigid-M3 VanChuong superia_22 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

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140401 rigid-M3 VanChuong superia_35 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr
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Okay, Now I'm switching to another theme

26. Here is a view from a building right in the heart of Hanoi, next to Hoan Kiem Lake

'1404 M3Rigid Neopan 11 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

27. Right in the center of old quarter. Foreigner folks seem enjoy this area a lot and so do I. In the afternoon, guys and girls spread on the street to drink beer and chatting


'1404 M2-35F2 Neopan 33 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

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'1404 M2-35F2 Neopan 17 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

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'1404 M2-35F2 Neopan 36 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

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'1404 M2-35F2 Neopan 22 by kiemchacsu, on Flickr

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... love 30 and 31 ... the line and composition in general and the visual vitality of the little girl in 31 is splendid
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These are wonderful! May I ask what film you are using? The color looks like Portra 400.

Regardless of the film, the images are terrific, which is all that really matters. I was just curious.
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... love 30 and 31 ... the line and composition in general and the visual vitality of the little girl in 31 is splendid
Thank you. I also like 31 very much. These are from fresh batch just developed yesterday.

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These are wonderful! May I ask what film you are using? The color looks like Portra 400. Regardless of the film, the images are terrific, which is all that really matters. I was just curious.
Thank you! For color shots I used the cheapy Supera fuji 200. The bw were either tx tmy tmx or neopan. Actually i indicated "exif" infor in the file names on flickr links

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18, 23, 24 31. I like all your pictures very much, but mostly when you go close to the people. It's ok if they pose a little.
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18, 23, 24 31. I like all your pictures very much, but mostly when you go close to the people. It's ok if they pose a little.
Cheers!

I have an advantage that I can communicate with them sometimes before taking photos, that's why I can reach quite close to them.

Vietnamese people in general is still ok when being taken photos FYI.
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Number 30 is my favourite and i grew up on that street. I know the woman on the left personally! Love the series so far.
I took a trip for 12 days back to Hanoi last month. I would like to share another view of the charming city.

Hanoi International Airport - Late night flight



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This is still very popular due to being very effective against heat.

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Thru your 'Eye& World' Have falen in Love with Hanoi...
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Number 30 is my favourite and i grew up on that street. I know the woman on the left personally! Love the series so far. I took a trip for 12 days back to Hanoi last month. I would like to share another view of the charming city. Hanoi International Airport - Late night flight Leaf Hat - The Vietnamese Conical Hat This is still very popular due to being very effective against heat.
Dear Tuan Vinh,

It's nice to see you posting photos here. Please keep them coming in order to show our folks here Images of Hanoi from different perspectives.

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kiemchacsu and tuanvinh2000, Thank you for posting these wonderful images.
Vietnam is on top of my list of countries to visit. A couple of friends from your beautiful country have really made a sincere impression and a desire to go explore and meet the people in your country.
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Jan i would suggest a visit outside of the summer time where the heat is boiling at 35C other than that my fav time is fall or late winter (jan-april).
I had so little time in town to go deeper into specific areas like Trung (kiemchacsu) and i think his photos are better in describing the local daily life but will continue to share some more shots.
Trung we should definitely hang out next year when i'm in hanoi and if you happen be there. I'm passionate about the city and definitely want to visit more often. I enjoy your styles and hope to learn from you too!
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Time for another photo

Surrounded by coffee beans and cramped inside the small space these small coffee shops really foster the community feel. People come to chat after breakfast with other regulars about family, politics, business sports or just about anything.

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