Thursday’s Special: Street Portraiture in Vietnam

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

The peanut seller was happy smiling for a photo particularly as we stocked up on peanuts afterwards.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

The pollution meant that some portraits were hidden behind masks that were an attempt to filter the air that was being breathed. We commented on the pollution and were told that it wasn’t pollution, just the time of year. When the winds come it blows it all away.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

The amazing item to note on this photo is that the face of the man looks calm and serene. This is no effort to him and his mate hidden at the rear. They have loosely lashed a handlebar extender to enable steering and it is an easy run up the street. You might have to double click to full size to be able to see this clearly.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Street peddlars take no notice of us walking by.

In response to Yvette’s guest challenge for Paula’s Thursday’s Special.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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24 Responses to Thursday’s Special: Street Portraiture in Vietnam

  1. Pingback: Thursday’s Special: Street Portraits (response to Guest Challenge) | Lost in Translation

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  3. Paula says:

    Were they good? The peanuts? These have a documentary quality, Irene. I love the first close-up portrait a lot and the photo of two men pushing a load, but I’ve displayed the covered face on the bike cause it is the most thought-provoking I think. Thank you.

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  4. The peddlers pushing the cart of grass (? – maybe for roof thatch?) – the guy in front is barefoot! The culture here seems barely to be in the 21st century. All that war 60 years ago, and the Vietnamese remain the same.

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  5. Wonderful shots. My favorite one was of the masked cyclist (although I am sorry that it was pollution that made the scene possible.

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  6. themofman says:

    Irene, these are excellent selections for the challenge, especially the first shot.

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  7. Love these (and the captions).

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  8. restlessjo says:

    Your peanut lady is the BEST! 🙂 🙂

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  9. noelleg44 says:

    These pictures give a wonderful insight into ordinary Vietnam. I have strong memories of other pictures, from the 70s, that were far from nice.

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  10. Charli Mills says:

    I’m really drawn to the shot of the man pushing hay on a bicycle. He’s so relaxed, in face and body. It’s such a great shot.

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  11. Norah says:

    The bicycle cart doesn’t look too easy, but as you say he looks serene. Good thing there is another (hidden but for the feet) helping him. 🙂

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