It is now nearly four years I moved to Hanoi and started to explore Vietnam's fascinating capital on my photography adventures in the city. Using Hanoi’s urban setting as subject and backdrop. From the start of my stay here I wondered how to capture Hanoi's unique allure.
It is quite easy to fall into the classic cliché images and the overshot iconic locations. I tried a lot in the backstreet to find some city secrets. Walking all over Hanoi from the historic Hoan Kiem Lake and the bustling backstreets of the Old Quarter to new parts of Hanoi always looking to improve my creative view as well as my camera skills while enjoying an eye-opening for different parts of the city.
It actually helped a lot that I could start with guiding a photo group with now about 38 members. Explaining how to get certain shots, how to use Lightroom and Photoshop and trying out some creative different approaches to get the best images was a lot of fun.
One of the things that really struck me about Vietnam was the pace of everyday life. As a street photographer I always am on the lookout and ready for opportunities. My camera is nearly always in my hand, switched on and the lens cap off. The one thing I don’t want to happen is missing a great opportunity in the kind of ordered chaos of Hanoi.
Now after four years and at the brink of leaving I hope I can manage to get an exhibition going in July where I want to show how I puzzled out my view of the city. Hope you might be there and will come for a look, a talk and a discussion about my approach in seeing the Vietnamese capital.