Alden giving Grandpa Ngat, 90, his photo.
Hey, I’m Alden Anderson (360 Nomad). Photography is a means to document my interests in History and Cultural Anthropology. I’m currently living in Vietnam, working on a cultural photography project “Vietnam The People” with my partner Trinh Nguyen. Amongst other projects, we are working to document the 54 Ethnic Groups of Vietnam through personal stories and portraits of people from each ethnic group.
When not traveling around Vietnam documenting the ethnic groups we can often be found in the ancient town of Hoi An working on our cultural photography project Hoi An The People.
I worked in the Film and TV industry in Los Angles for about 10 years. In 2016 I left Los Angeles to travel the world. I came to explore Vietnam and haven’t really left. The friendliness of the people and the diverse ethnic cultures are two good reasons for that. And of course, there’s the food.
Originally this website was a place I could write about my travels and post in-depth guides to the places I visited. More recently it is shifting to focus on my culture and story-driven photography projects in Vietnam.
Vietnam The People
A Story-Driven Cultural Photography Project
Vietnam The People is a story-driven cultural photography project to document the people and the beauty of Vietnam’s many ethnic groups. We slow down and really getting to know the people we meet and learn about their lives and culture. Every photo is very personal and has a story from the person in their own words.
In addition to documenting our mission is to raise the awareness of the cultures and share it with Vietnam and the world.
Integral to “Vietnam The People” is giving back and helping the people that we meet. We do this by printing and delivering photos, giving people care packages, food, clothing, and/or financial support. It’s not a for-profit project and is mostly self-funded. Any donations or money we receive from selling prints go right back to the project and to the people. When we meet someone who is in need we give what we can to help them, whether that’s food, supplies, clothes, medicine, or financial support.
Some examples of this can be found on Instagram @360nomad. If this is something you’d like to support you can purchase prints or join us on Patreon here. Every bit counts.
You can hear me discuss Vietnam The People in an informal Zoom discussion/presentaion below.
Hoi An 360
Photography Tours & Workshops in Vietnam
Trinh and I also do photography tours and workshops in Vietnam with a focus on the people and culture. From a few hours to multiple weeks, through Hoi An 360 Photography Tours and Workshops, we connect travelers with the people of Vietnam and provide detailed, personalized photography instruction. If you are traveling to Vietnam and want to connect with the people while learning photography our workshops are perfect for you.