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This is a behind-the-scene shot of a photography project that I’ve been working on recently and which I hope to reveal in a couple of months. I was very worried for the model because she was wearing red but the cows didn’t seem to mind at all.

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This is my friend Trang on a dirt road near my house. I often come here to watch the sunset and see cows gazing and ducks swimming. I enjoy doing that on my own, but it was a lot more fun with company. Hope you’re having a good Monday!

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This is a photo of a friend of mine playing the Vietnamese zither (đàn tranh) in an old coffee house in Hội An. She’s wearing a Northern style yếm, a top for young women in the old days, with a twist. I like this picture because it looks very Vietnamese! You can also see in the background a painting of Hội An town in flood season when it rains so hard the streets become little canals and people have to get around by boat. Some people call it “Asian Venice” which I think doesn’t do Hội An or Venice any justice, but it’s okay! You get the idea.

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I’ve decided to challenge myself by posting a photo here everyday from Monday to Friday every week. There are 252 days left in 2017 so I number each post /252 so that it’ll be easy for me to reflect at the end of the year. I’m doing this in attempt to improve my photography and also to share more regularly the beauty in Vietnam – its beautiful people, food and nature – which inspires me every day.

This is a picture of my friend wearing Vietnamese traditional áo dài in a coffee shop in Hội An. If you visit Hội An, you’ll notice this signature scene of women wearing flowing áo dài against the town’s iconic yellow ancient walls…

That’s all for today. See you tomorrow with another picture and another little note!

Portrait | Hà in Hội An

Catching up with old friends is always so rewarding to me! It’s as fun to make silly bad jokes as it is to sit quietly and enjoy their company. It’s comforting to know that I can repeat the same stories that were told last year, knowing that I’m never judged. And in the sense of seeing old friends, this Vietnamese Independence Day long weekend was comforting! Three of my old friends whom I met at different times in my life were on vacation in town. I had coffee with each of them separately on Sunday, feeling like I relived three different lives.

Hà was my college classmate in Hanoi and then she went to school in the U.S. around the same time with me. We traveled together several times to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It was fun this time to hang out with her in this little town of Hoi An. I took her to a friend’s place to buy a bag, got some clothes made, had lunch with grilled squid at a local restaurant, and then bought some more bags. (They were just Hoi An’s local straw bags, not Paris’ or Milan’s leather ones!)

I think Hà has a distinctive and beautiful look so I snapped a few photos and shared them here!

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