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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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