A bit of history about the Old Quarter:
As the oldest continuously developed area of Vietnam, Hanoi's Old Quarter has a history that spans 2,000 years and represents the eternal soul of the city. Located between Hoan Kiem Lake and Long Bien Bridge, a former city rampart, and a citadel wall, the Old Quarter evolved into a cluster of villages made up of houses on stilts, and was unified by Chinese administrators who built ramparts around their headquarters. The area was named Dominated Annam or Protected South by the Chinese.
The Old Quarter began to acquire its reputation as a crafts area when the Vietnamese attained independence in the 11th century and King Ly Thai To built his palace there. In the early 13th century, the collection of tiny workshop villages which clustered around the palace walls evolved into craft cooperatives, or guilds. Skilled craftsmen migrated to the Quarter, and artisan guilds were formed by craftsmen originating from the same village and performing similar services. Members of the guilds worked and lived together, creating a cooperative system for transporting merchandise to the designated streets in the business quarter. Because inhabitants of each street came from the same village, streets developed a homogeneous look. Commoners' homes evolved out of market stalls, before streets were formed.
There are more than 70 streets in the area. A majority of the street names in the Old Quarter start with the word 'Hang'. 'Hang' means merchandise or shop. The guild streets were named for their product, service or location. For example, Hang Bac, one of the oldest streets in Vietnam, dates from at least the 13th century. 'Bac' means silver, and appropriately, this street started as a silver ingot factory under the reign of Le Thanh Tong (1469-1497). Thus 'Hang Bac' means Silver Shop Street.
The Old Quarter is a precious legacy of Hanoi's ancient past, but the area is being challenged now by rapid development. Historic buildings have become mass living spaces and schools as the population increases. Craft workers now constitute nine percent of the neighbourhood and traders make up 40 percent. With the new economic policies, a dramatic building boom has begun, threatening the charm of the district. Local and international agencies are now formulating plans to preserve the historic ambiance of the Old Quarter.
A slice of life here at Hang Da or Leather Shop Street, a grab shot of a woman probably on her new shiny bike. I love her mixed emotions of surprise, anxiety, boredom, probably anger or just daydream on a cool cloudy morning as I released my shutter, but I love the direct eye contact and expression. Photographing street candid can be be very challenging but catching the surprising emotion veering into the viewfinder is exciting stuff indeed. Human actions and reactions take time and they tend to play out on their own.
For one second her face says a lot...
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jlbrthnn (79791) 2011-10-27 8:05
It is a remarkable photo of traditional everyday life, with also the penetration of the modern technical progress. Excellent exposure. An interesting and artistic photo. Bravo.
Have a nice day
eldancer1 (25135) 2011-10-27 9:18
Awesome candid shot of this woman! Love her expression. Great lighting and wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
siolaw (38050) 2011-10-27 9:22
This everyday street scene just screams "Viet Nam"!
I like how you framed it and the contrast level makes it quite lively.
geoant68 (2751) 2011-10-27 10:07
this snapshot from the daily life of the city is superb,with the with the woman to look at you rather confused.The colours are authentic and so natural making the image so exceptional.
peppe59 (14551) 2011-10-27 10:14
I lived this scene in Vietnam, absolutely charming.
beautiful photo, congratulations.
vasilpro (40739) 2011-10-27 10:29
Wonderful daily life composition, beautiful street atmosphere, interesting scene, excellent POV and DOF, lovely light and contrast, vivid colors, I like the expression on the lady's face, TFS!
nikkitta (13220) 2011-10-27 19:25
Great way to present a daily live capture with the waiting woman on her brand new bike
I also love to walk searching for people not noticing me
Here you did a great job, the expression of the women is of boredom for waiting
Image well composed with the always present red Coca Cola Umbrella
Well done tfs
Graal (95343) 2011-10-28 0:04
an interesting scenery and theme about daily life in Vietnam. Good note and photowork. Image well composed. Photo I like.
Have a nice day.
josepmarin (57473) 2011-10-28 0:17
a pleasant scene of the daily life in this capture, which you have caught by means of an effective framing, in an image full of color.
The contrast between the darkness inside the shops and the elements in the exterior, as the woman in his scooter and the red parasol, they give a great visual power to this beautiful composition.
The expression of the woman was deserving this photo.
A great work.
dkmurphys (46140) 2011-10-28 0:39
A very picturesque street scene. I like ot a lot, simple and attractive.
Have a great weekend!
siamesa (27703) 2011-10-28 1:41
Bom dia Abmdsudi
Was she upset? or just vain ? She looks beautiful, indeed. I like the management of lights and shadows in this photo. TFS
npecanhuk (60836) 2011-10-28 10:00
What a beautiful, interesting and attractive daily life picture!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, contrasts, horizontal format and, above all, composition are all excellent features here!
I love the woman's expression!
I really enjoy seeing all the colorful signs!
TFS - congrats,
bayno (18342) 2011-10-28 10:38
Hi Abmdsudi, beautiful scene of daily life, I really like the framing and how you handled the light, with the woman on the scouts well-lit and the rest in semi-darkness, good overall quality, warm regards, Valter
emka (73139) 2011-10-28 23:12
Interesting photo from Hanoi Old Quarter. I can't wait the time I will see it. I booked already hotel in the area, wander on the map and look at photos. Nice expression of the woman indeed. this new shiny bike seems so out of place..
jafadabret (56497) 2011-10-28 23:27
Belle scène de rue dans un quartier de caractère !
J'aime beaucoup l'ambiance et la présence de la femme qui anime la composition.
delpeoples (52445) 2011-10-29 0:18
Hello dear Abmdsudi
This is wonderful, I love the look on this lady's face. This is a woman not to be messed with! The motor scooter is so typical of those cramped Vietnamese strees and I love how you've included the vendor hiding behind the umbrella, literally taking a back-seat to the lady on the moped. Excellent colours and great captured of a very candid street scene.
Thanks sincerely for sharing it
bukitgolfb301 (34474) 2011-10-29 0:49
Hi my dear Abmdsudi YTH, apa kabar?
Sorry for my late reply as so crazy-busy weekday.
But I still enjoy your finest gallery very much.
Your new posting this time is another tasteful shot indeed. A little different thema as you, but still great as always. Sharp and impresive color descrition is admirable via your appropiate exposure and shutter speed. Wonderful moment you catch indeed! Well considered framework and perfect composition are as usual. Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good Saturday, Best regrads.
Takero from a little cold Tokyo
Cricri (101211) 2011-10-29 11:16
Une composition intéressante a la fois traditionnel et moderne, beaucoup de détails a voir, très colorées, belle réalisation
Waylim (25034) 2011-10-29 15:51
Very good street potogaphy and a daily life image. It could appear in one of these photography book like, "A Day in a Life of Hanoi" Beautiful color, especially where the light illuminated all the products and the red CocaCola umbrella. The interior got a bit dark due to the strong contrast but I guess that is hard to avoid. Everything seem a bit wet, it seem it just stop raining. Perhaps if you could have avoid the pole of the umbrella cutting through the girl face would have been a bit more pleasing. It is still very good regardless, it's just me being picky :)
ashres (1453) 2011-10-29 23:35
A beautiful street scene with a beautiful colors and lights. The light does not seem ample but still you've managed to get a sharp shot with that lady on the scooter posing beautifully. The way to play with shadow and light is also beautiful that adds to the natural scene which we see at the first glance. The colors are well adjusted. well taken with good composition.
have a nice holiday,
Longroute (19392) 2011-10-30 1:20
Quite a lot of interesting details in this photo, and also several contrasts: the sign on top of the shop, the different kinds of good on sale, the big umbrella with the coke ads, the dilapidated wall at the right with a strange writing, and the brand new scooter with the fat lady on... quite curious! There is contrast between the artificial and natural light, between the new and modern scooter and the old and traditional shops, and a strong contrast between the dark inside and the light outside. It's a fine survey of this old quarter of which it retains the peculiar atmosphere. Reportage photography at its best.
jhm (135096) 2011-10-30 4:28
We get a modern image about Vietnam.
The lady on the scooter gives a very nice image and daily life portrait
Lovely captured and excellent composed.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
sacimar (25975) 2011-11-01 3:03
I like this composition of daily life, there are different elements that result interesting to me such as the combination of the traditional store and the Coca cola umbrella, I agree with you that the face of the woman says a lot... well seen,
shevchenko (19051) 2011-11-02 1:52
Good contrast in ebetween the bright and dark area, anyway it is look like the old city is suddenly out of electricity supply, lively daily life photo, a nice street view that full with harmonious feel, distinct image, good shoot.
corjan3 (2025) 2011-11-04 9:45
What history and what an interesting place. May development never destroy such places with their charm and atmosphere. Thank you for placing this on record and for preserving touches of the city for the rest of us to see. A very informative note accompanying this valuable image. Well done.
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-11-04 12:18
Ola Abmdsudi ,
Interessante cena de vida diária nesta rua com esta mulher a conduzir esta moto , boas cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
marcan44 (6223) 2011-11-18 12:39
Close to shops that sell traditional goods, the signs of modernity (scooters) and the emancipation of women.
A real slice of daily life and very effective.
Great image quality.
Have a good evening
Vasa (16736) 2011-11-20 17:22
I like your serial from Vietnam, Abmdsudi and saturation of color on all of your shots. I admire your energy for travel, but I think that Iran could be the superb inspiration for photographer, especially the kind people. So glad to see your again,
danos (83051) 2011-12-02 1:34
welcome back after youl long absence from the site.I like the presentation there of the woman with her new and shiny bike to looks a bit strange i think..
The mixture of this oldest Hanoi Quarter make it so original as natural too.
macjake (52040) 2011-12-03 17:07
nice to see you back on TE again :)
first of all, great written note, lots of interesting info there.
love the dark areas of the scene, that combined with the bright splashes of blues reds and greens.
and yes, the look on her face is priceless :)
see you around
mauro61 (52623) 2011-12-04 11:58
un'altra immagine di vita quotidiana ben colta, ricca di particolari.
Tonalità che rispecchia il momento,
jusninasirun (17156) 2012-03-20 0:47
This daily life shot is visually effective with fine play of light and colors. The human interest makes this shot with pleasing close framing for details. Top class shot and have a nice day my friend.
aliabazari (11530) 2012-10-16 20:15
Hi abmdsudi Dear
I love the pictures of daily life and the woman motorcyclist. Resolution and color saturation is very good.
Thank you for registering for this beautiful picture.
ourania (26316) 2012-12-16 9:18
this is a very fine composition that has enclosed in the well considered frame a lot of information about the passage of time through the Old Quarter and about its present aspect. I like very much how the lady and her scooter, the vivid colours and the warm light stand out against the dark colours and mystery of the environment. The two other mysterious ladies enhance the human interest. Lighting and sharpness are wonderful, bringing out details and textures. I like the role of the written signs in your composition, they seem to frame and describe everyday life in this street. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
gus72 (3719) 2013-03-02 14:09
Hi abmdsudi !!
candid or street photography is not easy....I only had two attempts so far and got nothing
but this photo has it the mark....it has many interesting elements ..... I particularly like her pants and the faint illumination over the merchandise in the store.
The photo has some magic...... good on you.