Photographer's Note

This is from the southern side of the former border between South and North Vietnam, the bridge across the Ben Hai river.

During my journey to Vietnam in 1995 to write stories concerning the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war I made a day-trip with a driver and an official guide from the old imperial city of Hue to the former battlefield at Khe San. Instead of going the shortest way we made a detour to the old border and a huge war cemetery inside what used to be known as the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) during the war. In fact this DMZ was a heavily fortified area where lots of unexploded bombs, mines and artillery projectiles still litter the countryside, making unguided walks in some areas dangerous.

For a brief moment I had an eye-contact with a passenger of a bus crossing the river into the neighbouring province. In two workshops you can see photos taken moments before and moments after this shot. They were all scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8423 W: 483 N: 16439] (74309)
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