The cyclo, a large tricycle with a seat for two passengers, is a popular mode of transportation in Vietnam, but more for tourists than for locals. Nonetheless these two apparently-local ladies are returning from the market in one, appearing as annoyed at the traffic as any car driver! I have no idea why the cyclo driver is pushing rather than pedaling.
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don_narayan (2014) 2005-11-03 14:06
Hi Ken, nice shot, I like the expressions of the ladies, good light too. I wish the 3rd lady was not covered, it would have been a great repitition.
Narayan (out of green, sorry).
fireflyz (2097) 2005-11-03 17:23
the ladies have interesting look on their faces and composition is good. I think it would have looked excellent if there were no background traffic but we both know how hard it is for that to happen in the city in Nam.
danielswalsh (13599) 2005-11-04 3:00
Maybe they weigh too much? Hahaha...
Nice capture Ken. Similar here in Singapore where tourists often take the tri-shaw. A bike with a 2 seater carriage attatched to the side. Not very often do you see a Singaporean riding around in them.
Good daily life shot Ken,
Cos (1562) 2005-11-04 3:22
I like the tight crop for this shot. The expression on the face of the lady at the front is quite amusing, she looks a little nervous.
Cormac (26563) 2005-11-04 10:24
Hi Ken - interesting shot of daily life. The gouping of people is good, with the 4 faces stacked up on one side and the driver on the other. I like those conical hats, they really frame the faces well, and you've caught some interesting expressions too. Well done!
banyanman (7789) 2005-11-05 5:56
Good framing and DOF Ken, and the repetition of the hats helps to take the eye back to the poor cyclo driver who seems to be really struggling under the weight of these two women. These cyclos are really only meant for one person, so I guess he is pushing because of the added weight (or maybe his chain has snapped!) Cheers . . . David
TRASH (0) 2005-11-05 6:14
"why the cyclo driver is pushing rather than pedaling"
I am from Hue, the location where you took this picture.
It was me who asked my father the same question. He — who was a cyclo driver himself — told me human force could not make a start from the speed of "zero-km/hour". So they used to push for a meter or so then quickly jump on and pick up the speed.
I don't agree with you on the conclusion "more for tourists than for locals". Even the local buses and motor-bikes could not compete with them in the last 40 years, because this type of transportation is operated by sweat, not by gasoline so they could accept whatever offered fare that fit their family's needs. It is slow but affordable and popular for local residents more than foreigners who paid for their curiosity and joy on the taste of slavery era.
Before passing away, my father kept telling my mom to put me on an outgoing boat crossing the Pacific ocean toward Hong Kong. He also told her to always remind me "she is a child of a cyclo driver".