Vietnam 2022 Collection

Last October 8 to 18, I embarked on an incredible adventure with the 2022 Crossing Bridges in Vietnam organized by the Australian Photographic Society. After years of pandemic lockdowns, this more than a week-long event breathed life into my passion for photography, allowing me to revel in the discovery of new places, stunning landscapes, vibrant streets, and the rich tapestry of Vietnamese culture.

In this collection, you'll see some of the captivating sceneries and moments that took my breath away.

In the heart of Hanoi, the capital city, I witnessed the morning rhythm unfold as the streets came alive with bikes and motorcycles. The simplicity and authenticity of Hanoi's streets painted a fascinating scene, capturing the love for two-wheeled transportation that permeates the city. Each snapshot I took in Hanoi showcased the authenticity, scenic beauty, and dynamic energy that make it a fantastic destination for street photography.

Venturing beyond the city limits, I found myself in Quang Phu Cau Village, where the age-old traditions of incense-making came to life. The scenes of artisans in action, vibrant colors of the incense-making process, and glimpses into the daily lives of the locals provided a unique window into Vietnamese culture. Quang Phu Cau Incense Village is renowned for its distinct aroma and contribution to Vietnamese spiritual and cultural practices, making it a significant part of the country's heritage.

Another remarkable experience was visiting Minh Kai Village, the largest plastic waste recycling locality near Hanoi. This community's dedication to sustainability and waste management was awe-inspiring, as they actively collected, sorted, and processed plastic materials to transform them into new products or raw materials for other industries. It was a powerful reminder of the positive impact we can have on the environment through conscious efforts.

Hanoi's Old Quarter, a historic neighborhood steeped in tradition, offered a blend of architectural styles influenced by Vietnamese, Chinese, and French cultures. Its narrow streets lined with traditional tube houses painted a vibrant backdrop for exploration. St. Joseph's Cathedral stood as a prominent religious and architectural landmark, while each street in the Old Quarter bore the name of the goods traditionally sold or produced there. It was a charming journey through the sights, flavours, and atmosphere that make Hanoi's Old Quarter genuinely unforgettable.

Tràng An, situated in the Ninh Bình province, revealed a scenic day filled with natural splendor, ancient structures, and a sense of spirituality. The limestone karst formations, tranquil waterways, and abundant flora and fauna formed a breathtaking landscape that earned Tràng An the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site title. Drifting through the wonders of Tràng An during a scenic boat ride was like stepping into a surreal painting, where serenity embraced every twist and turn.

Ha Giang, in the northernmost part of Vietnam, unfolded its untamed allure with terraced fields, vibrant ethnic cultures, and the enchanting beauty of buckwheat flowers in October. The Dong Van Karst Plateau, with its picturesque mountain ranges, deep valleys, and terraced rice fields, provided a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

Each photograph I captured during the Crossing Bridges tour in Vietnam tells a story of cultural heritage, natural beauty, and the vibrancy of everyday life. From the bustling streets of Hanoi to the serene landscapes of Tràng An and the cultural tapestry of Ha Giang, I aimed to capture the essence and evoke the emotions that these places inspired within me. Through my lens, I hope to share with you a visual journey through the intriguing beauty of Vietnam until such time you can go there and see for yourself.