The little EP-3 went unnoticed on the streets of Vietnam...

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by ZephyrZ33, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  2. grantb

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    My favorite is the one you didn't post of the woman walking down the steps with the dogs.
     
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  3. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks grant!

    Yeah...not a single damn was given that day...

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  4. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    And the indifference continues... in color:

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  5. WT21

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    Marvelous set.
     
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  6. Excellent work. It must be four and a half years now since I was there. Where does the time go? #4 of the first set was the standout shot for me.
     
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  7. Wolf

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    I love the one with the man & the guitar :smile:
     
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  8. krugorg

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    Great series, man!
     
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  9. WolfBane

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    good stuff, very evocative :thumbup:

    favourite was the man with the guitar.
     
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  10. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks for kind words guys.

    ^ Yeah, "Man with the guitar"...

    It's never wise to approach a stranger who's consumed a half bottle of scotch and has access to a knife, unless you have a quickdraw strap and ready to book like a jack rabbit.

    Fortunately, native Vietnamese folks are the most warm and generous people I've ever encountered. They seem stand-off-ish at first, then when they realize you've respectfully paid them some mind, they'll shower you with warm smiles and engage in conversation. Looking forward to a return trip.
     
  11. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Mu-43 Regular

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    David
    That was my experience as well. Six years ago I flew into Hanoi, rented a 125cc Minsk motorcycle, and rode it all over the north and then down to Saigon. (Yes, I know it's now Ho Chi Minh City, but all the people I talked to there still called it Saigon). Everyone, and I mean everyone, was kind, helpful, and seemed happy to help this scruffy American wander aimlessly around their country. I can't wait to go back.

    Great shots. BTW. They dredged up some fine memories.

    David
     
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  12. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I think you're right. From what I recall, no one called it HCMC. It was either "Saigon" or plainly "THE city". I would love to trek from the north to south on my own accord... especially to seee more of the northern indigenous tribes.

    It's like being "selfish" didn't really exist. I was humbled by how some of these folks, especially in the more rural towns, had little monetary means yet they found some way to make your day better. You ask for directions? They don't show, they take you there. If they don't know...they ask their neighbor, cousins, uncles and aunts until they do, without expecting anything in return.

    Even in the sketchy parts of town:
    "Sir, strap your camera across your neck...some kid might not be able to resist snatching it. We want you to remember us and come back." :smile:

    Will do.
     
  13. hodad66

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    wonderful set!
     
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  14. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Mu-43 Regular

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    David
    No kidding! On my first day heading south from Hanoi I got hopelessly turned around in the mountains. Overcast day, so I couldn't locate the sun, no GPS, no road signs, with no idea where I was. I rolled into a little village and found a guy manning the counter in the village store. With sign language and a few words of Vietnamese I tried to ask how to get back onto the main highway to Vinh. The guy left his store, got on his scooter and escorted me about ten miles on muddy roads until he got me back on track. Wouldn't take a thing from me, and seemed delighted to have been of help. Just one of many, many encounters that left me amazed and appreciative.

    David
     
  15. krugorg

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    I worked in Vietnam, mostly in Hanoi, for a few years and totally agree that the people are wonderful (and the food was awesome). I found it a little weird at first, but many seemed even more friendly when they found out you were American. I think they are wanting to move on from the past.

    I always was intrigued with the scooters and the amount of people and cargo that they carried. I saw people using them to haul butchered hogs, huge tanks, tons of people, and even a cement mixer one time. Someone pointed me in the direction of this book, a collection of scooter cargo photos, and it is still on our coffee table:

    http://www.amazon.com/Bikes-Burden-Hans-Kemp/dp/9628563734/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1329510161&sr=8-2
     
  16. lattiboy

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    Remarkable stuff! Great B&W shots!
     
  17. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Great photos!! Thanks for sharing!
     
  18. grantb

    grantb Mu-43 Veteran

    I'd love to visit Vietnam some day, but I fear I'd be too busy eating everything in sight to take any photos. I love Vietnamese food and I know I'm only tasting the tip of the iceberg here in the US.
     
  19. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks kru!

    Believe it or not, I saw that book at the Saigon airport and debated for a minute if I wanted to pick it up (prices are hiked-up once you go beyond carry-on screening.) For the past couple of weeks I've been trying to remember the name and here it is, linked. :biggrin:

    Definitely kinda scary at first seeing what they were pulling off on the motorbikes, especially with toddlers and infants. After awhile you get use to it, and realize having a car in the city is pretty pointless. There is nowhere to fit or park.

    As far as moving on from the past, there were moments I was a little aprehensive when encountering former soldiers or government officials, but their attitude is "Grudges impede on progress... so let's move on."

    With lot's of Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, Hong Kong and Singaporean influences, the general people understand they can flourish like them. It's at the cusp of where the new and old worlds meet. It's changing so quickly I barely recognized it from 2006. So yeah, if anyone is on the fence about traveling to Viet Nam, do it!
     
  20. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    It's been a couple weeks and my taste-buds have not reacclimated to our usual high-fat high salt content. The food was definitely one of my highlights. Loaded baguette sandwich for 75 cents and a iced hazelnut coffee for 50 cents?! There's a reason why Anthony Bourdain tried to become a resident.

    Between us though (and this is the one exception) I think our "Pho" made by Vietnamese Americans is better. Seems a little heartier for our frame.
     
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