Before a storm this afternoon
My friend Trang in a room full of beautiful artwork by Diego of Chula. Next to her are some amazingly fragrant white lotus flowers. Lotus is the second reason why I love summer here. The very first reason, of course, is mango!
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!
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!
I came across Katya’s cute and lively drawings on Instagram and fell in love with them instantly. I didn’t hesitate a second to ask her if she would be interested in trading a drawing for a photoshoot. The results are the lotus drawing you see in the blog header above and the photos below.
We took these on the streets of the Ancient Town of Hoi An one morning. Katya sketched out some ideas of how she wanted to be pictured, which made it easier for me as well. I like how the photos show different aspects of her that I feel in person: fun, calm, and mysterious. Thank you, Katya, for being such a beautiful model!
I’ve always loved taking portrait photos of people. It mesmerizes me how somebody can look so different from different angles. Rarely have I posted portrait photos on this blog though, but after a conversation with a new friend yesterday I decided to post portrait photos that I like here. I figured that as long as it’s something that I like, somebody somewhere might like it too.