One photographer -one camera-one lens looking 24 hours at Hanoi

There are everywhere some crazy photographic projects going on. 24 hours of a city is one of them. As far as I know there are always groups involved which certainly memes it more a fun. I decided to do it on my own and record with one camera, the sony Alpha 6000 and one lens, a Hyperprime 50mm f0.95, for 24 hours Hanoi on my own.

I started at midnight and finished about the same time. My aim was to pick afterwards of all the images I took - and I took about 989 images and 10 short videos - at least two per hour to be printed in a little booklet. As I lived in different big cities all over the world I knew that virtually no city is busy entirely 24 hours. this was as well a challenge to get around the odd hours without happening a lot, especially strolling on my own.

 Food Vendors at night on Long Bien Bridge

Food Vendors at night on Long Bien Bridge

Due to this I decided to start at midnight to be a little bit more alert in this not as busy hours. The beginning was easy as there is a lot going on at the whole sale market near Long Bien Bridge and the atmosphere is a colorful, noisy and challenging time for any street photographer. After this hectic time in between crates, fruits and honking bikes it got a little bit calmer.

There is not much of an extending entertainment quarter in Hanoi and the few bars and establishments open at late hours wasn't alluring to me as a lonely guy with a camera. However the calm and empty streets had an eerie feeling of its own. Walking through the town you could meet a lot of big, very big rodents feasting on all things left over.

 Food can be had at any time somewhere in town

Food can be had at any time somewhere in town

Apart from my concern about keeping away from bars and alike in order not to get into some action with citizens using to much alcohol I found the experience quite safe. During this odd hours you could see a lot of special police forces patrolling around town and even as they checked a lot of local citizens I wasn't bothered at all. They certainly scratched their head about the weird foreigner running at this hours through the streets of Hanoi.

I just finished to pick my images of the booklet which will be printed soon and decide to take all the other images as well as my video footage to produce a kind of "Time lapse" of this 24 hours. 

 Twenty four hours - One Photographer/One camera/One lens

Twenty four hours - One Photographer/One camera/One lens

Would like to hear your opinion what you think about projects like this and especially about my approach. did you like it. does it inspire you to do something alike ? Give me some feedback.

Go out and shoot!


24 hours Hanoi an image documentation

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