Colors of Hoi An IV — The Story
Linh returns home early in the morning in Hoi An, Vietnam.
“I was buying a vegetarian breakfast for my son.”
Linh, 70 years old
Hoi An, Vietnam
Sometimes I wonder about people I see going about their lives. I wonder who they are and what they are doing. What their life is like. Street photography is a pursuit to capture those moments in a purely visual form with little to no interaction with the people. Candid shots of people going about their lives. Therefore it can be hard to know who they are or what their story is. A lot can be left up to the viewer to interpret.
As long as you are respectful there’s nothing wrong with it, but, as I’ve mentioned before, I like to delve a little deeper and get to know people. Learn about their lives.
When shooting candid street photography like this you can’t stop everyone you see and talk to them. With a desire to learn about the woman we photographed, we printed her photo and went back to this same spot and waited for her the following week, at the same time in the morning. It took 3 days of returning and waiting, but we finally caught up with her.
It turned out she was buying breakfast for her son. She was surprised to see us and happy to receive her photo. “Thank you! I wish you health” she said before continuing her walk home, stopping to study the picture and show it to her friends.
Colors of Hoi An
This photo is part of “Colors of Hoi An” — a photography project to highlight the bold colors of Hoi An, Vietnam, juxtaposed with the daily life of the locals. Click here to learn more about “Colors of Hoi An”.
Trinh with grandma Linh, 70, giving her a printed photo. After taking the photo we printed it and returned to this location several times waiting to see her again. She was quite surprised and happy to receive her photo!