The old quarter is the place to be in Hanoi, get fascinated by the hustling and bustling in every corner of the hectic place and the best way to get the feel of it, is to walk and have some contact with the people. There are many surprises waiting to be explored and this was the place I ended up on my photo walk about.
How about register to be a member of commie party for free!
A shot showing a make-shift office - just a small table by the road side in the Old Quarter, managed probably by the party cadre. It was very obvious why I was so much attracted to this. Though Vietnam welcomes visitors, it is a decidedly communist country and one should keep this in mind when dealing with officials. There is a lot of red tape in getting even simple things accomplished, such as securing a visa. Though one does not feel entirely restricted, there is a prevailing feeling of being under some kind of control
You are always being over shadowed by that overwhelming and sickening sickle & hammer ......
the symbol of depression and oppression which suits the cover of a cold war espionage novel.....
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macjake (57062) 2014-05-05 4:22
as you say, its easy to understand why you took this specific scene. That large oversized banner or poster stands out, calling, screaming, shouting at you the photographer to take a picture of it.
its a very quiet scene, yet its powerful and impactual...hard to get those combinations but you did.
two distinct opposite forces working in unicen...the quiet man in a peaceful manner, and the loud sickle and hammer!
dkmurphys (49992) 2014-05-05 4:47
This is a very beautiful street scene in lovely colors. I like the idea.
As for the choice, I say NO. This ideology has ruined my country for 50 years and we have a lot of difficulties to recover.
Have a nice day.
pajaran (52552) 2014-05-05 5:31
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutku ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo secanje, vreme brzo prolazi.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
An interesting article on the place and time ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely shown the place and moment, beautiful colors.
Good work, good memory, time passes quickly.
Good evening and all the best in the new week that started, good luck.
Sergiom (61036) 2014-05-05 5:35
Il doit bien y avoir certains avantages à faire partie du parti. S'approcher quelque peu du pouvoir est toujours payant.Une belle image très soignée avec des couleurs franches.
Kielia (23691) 2014-05-05 6:33
what a fascinating sight! You have chosen an excellently working POV to present us this interesting scene. And the accompanying notes are really food for thoughts. The photographer’s perspective is excellent. My compliments!
gojo (1769) 2014-05-05 7:11
Nice image, the highly concentrated party official under the dramatic symbol. It feels like the hammer is about to hit him on his head soon!
yquem46 (38742) 2014-05-05 7:12
Another good one from Hanoi
I like the portrait in daily life situation, exhibiting the red flag and the tools of communism. Very present in Hanoi, even if I did not stay there very long
dta (67104) 2014-05-05 7:20
Hello Amdsudi ,
Not sure to say yes ...
The composition is great , with a strong visula impact .
Well done .
adramad (38505) 2014-05-05 7:30
Diametrically opposed to the beauties we have used .... definitely a shocking photo, perhaps so striking that poster in red, with the hammer and sickle, the official image of the world seems lost, while writing their notes, in any case a splendid photo reportage.
Very good brightness and sharpness, with beautiful colors.
Well seen and done better. I Like
Have a good day.
Noel_Byrne (24840) 2014-05-05 7:39
That is an overwhelming symbol, and your composition of the shot makes it scream for attention. A very clever way to compose this scene, as mentioned above the man looks so calm and content sitting in the shadow of this well known symbol. It's funny, because Vietnam is not a country I would ever associate with this symbol. Excellent note to go with this too. It's amazing how any symbol can be made to look so appealing once the right graphic designer has had his hands on it. Nicely done, powerful image.
All the best
holmertz (41651) 2014-05-05 8:02
Whatever you may feel about the communist system there is no denying that red flags and the hammer and sickle are superb ingredients for catchy photos. The combination of communist emblems and the comparatively small man makes a great composition.
Cricri (107230) 2014-05-05 8:34
Ah la politique, c'est pas trop mon fort, souvent déçu....en Belgique il n'y a pas de communiste...
Votre image est intéressante tout comme votre note, des couleurs fortes, bien cadrer et composer
Romano46 (18466) 2014-05-05 10:07
il soggetto ha dell'incredibile per la grandiosità tipica dei regimi comunisti.
La figura dell'uomo appare minuscola a confronta dell'enorme simbolo del comunismo e sorprende, come dici nelle tue note, che ci possano essere persone che svolgono un tale lavoro in un regime già di sè comunista.
Ma fotograficamente è una splendida occasione per una foto bella ed originale di un paese che ancora pochi conoscono.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
Fis2 (86211) 2014-05-05 14:30
I like frame and intensiv colors.
Person add savor of composition.
jjcordier (76848) 2014-05-05 21:12
La faucille et le marteau sont très présents....l'homme a-t-il le choix avant de signer? Une photo-document très intéressante et bien réalisée.
rychem (23910) 2014-05-05 22:15
I think it isnt a daily life scene, I think it is the decisive moment in the negative sense. Very well caught
CLODO (30597) 2014-05-06 0:48
The image is a good summarize of your note, you can't miss it, and the human presence signing a piece of paper in front of this massive and colorfull communism advert leads to built a story for a spy film.
mirosu (14398) 2014-05-06 1:00
An excellent photo of a famous sign which I hated very much in my life.
The sign is in superb light and very well framed in vertical format.
I like the inclusion of the party official's waiting for new members.
Very well done.
jhm (139944) 2014-05-06 4:59
My age has my learned Always to are cautious with politic, every party is the best, but what is the best of the best, I don't know.
Excellent composition, nice depth and good presentation of the man in foreground
Very well done, TFS
rogerl (1544) 2014-05-06 6:56
Abmdsudi, the vertical presentation as well as the crop emphasizes the hugeness of the hammer and sickle banner compared to the tiny man at the bottom. Beautiful colors, and a very interesting note. Thanks.
siolaw (38284) 2014-05-06 7:27
A typical north Vietnamese scene... i suspect you did not register.
I like the accurate framing exposing the situation clearly!
Silvio1953 (123367) 2014-05-06 12:17
Ciao Abmdsudy, lovely daily composition with great red flag, good for a photo, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Waylim (25360) 2014-05-07 10:40
Wow, I didn't know that this sign still exist and it does bring back lot of memories, not a good one, but it is part of history. I remeber in Loas, the same Commuinistic Movement and uprise, supported by China and Russia. Forces many to escape.
Anyway, the sign sure stnd out screaming for attention in the strong graphic and the size of the poster.
kato (11630) 2014-05-07 13:07
You're capturing well this scene by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see red poster described the loud sickle and hammer and the ordinary man siiting and describing something in front of it. The poster seems to the symbol of identity in communist country, and it's good color combination.
PiotrF (9542) 2014-05-08 9:10
Good view from Hanoi. Interesting photo and intensiv colors.
Sharpness and clarity are pefect.
mcmtanyel (14113) 2014-05-08 22:10
No, but thanks for the offer. Maybe some other time, when my mind is foggier and I am more gullible.
ourania (31971) 2014-05-10 0:42
I wouldn't like to talk about politics and the way people and regimes all over the world use values, ideas and dreams for entirely inappropriate reasons. But I like very much the graphism of your picture, the association of the bold banner with the discreet gentleman who is writing quietly, totally absorbed in his task. I'm not sure if the two elements of this tight composition reinforce or contrast each other. A very sharp image with great light management. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
BennyV (13846) 2014-05-10 1:32
Great daily life scene. I am a bit puzzled by that bit of modern-looking car there, I think the shot might have been better without it, but there seems no way to avoid it. I wonder whether the car is privately owned, haha!
To me the hammer and sickle logo in Vietnam is no more sickening than the McDonalds logo, just to name one... Vietnam is just a wonderful country and a wonderful people caught in the middle of history.
Tfs & have a fine weekend.
nikkitta (14858) 2014-05-10 13:21
Informative note, sadly true till nowaday
Quite impresive the hanging red flag with the comunist symbol as a kind of sumptuous backdrop
You managed to obtain a great POV with the well placed busy man at work
Like and is interesting to read your notes and comments, are part of the capture
Very well done, TFS
mkamionka (30694) 2014-05-15 7:11
interesting picture full of atmosphere. It reminds me of old times when I was young living in a communist country. For my country everything has changed but I see other continue this path.
adores (37505) 2014-06-15 17:38
Another great shot from Vietnam!
I like the composition a lot with the symbol of the party filling most part of the frame and the man so concentrated o his work. Colours are great and eye catching.
adidas5nb (5399) 2014-07-15 22:09
great idea here and i love the vibrancy in this compact frame.nicely seen and thought.
aliabazari (15829) 2014-08-27 23:35
Hi abmdsudi dear
Shot very beautiful and attractive than the man. Excellent composition, colors and components flag. Well done sharpness and exposure. Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (43714)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-02-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, ISO 200 RAW, Tokina 77mm Circular Polarizer
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): CLODO's selection XVI [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-05 4:17