I love this photo ...I'm not entirely sure why.
The girl's name is Vong, we're in the Old Quarter of Hoi An, she is leaning against the front of her house/lantern shop that her grandfather bought for a few bags of rice decades ago.
Her grandfather, he was an opportunist, the country, Vietnam, was starving, he was a farmer on a very productive farm, he wanted a better life for his family, he went to the city and found a house, he bought it for a few bags of rice and moved his family in, the family still owns the farm.
The house, it's not only a place to live but a source of income as a lantern shop. Vong will inherit it one day. For now her father runs the shop (seen working in the background), which has a courtyard in front that puts it way back from the street. One day Vong's grandchildren may inherit it.
Vong, a house bought with some rice, a family, Vietnam, Hoi An ...a story around every corner. I remember walking Hoi An with just my 35 lens for days. This shot brings back some really fond memories. It's an amazing country, people and city.
I offered Vong 1000 US dollars for the house ...she smiled. I'll be going back there later this year. I think Vong's father will like the picture. For me, this is one of my favorites I took in Vietnam ...it could be sharper, it could be composed a bit better, it could have better contrast, but it couldn't make me smile or remind me of Hoi An more. For me, thats what it's all about.
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GiovanniG (2471) 2012-02-23 4:55
This is an outstanding photograph! The depth of field is great and it has good perspective. It has beautiful colors and good clarity. The point of view you selected is superb, well done.
holmertz (38697) 2012-02-23 7:23
You point out a few shortcomings of this picture but I wouldn't worry too much. It's a fine shot, nicely framed, and Ms Vong smiles pleasantly.
I was in Hoi An the first time in 1993 and wondered why on earth they hadn't started a few more restaurants then the four or five existing, or why they hadn't converted any of the marvellous old private houses into hotels. Then, all of a sudden, they did.
jjcordier (74564) 2012-02-23 23:43
Le pouvoir de l'image s'est aussi de fixer des impressions ou des moments d'émotion. Cette photo évoque beaucoup de choses pour toi mais est aussi très plaisante à regarder pour nous.
lgir (6843) 2012-02-25 8:39
nice staging with this smiling young woman in a colorful place very well made in the image.
- Copyright: John Paskey (happypoppeye) (4817)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-09-12
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D5000, Nikon 35 F/1.8, ISO 400
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/200 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-23 3:45
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