Long weekend this week in Perth means some time for me to catch up on this blog 🙂
.I went back to visit my family in Sydney around two weeks ago so the photos for week 36 & the following week 37 will be from the east coast.
Alot has changed since the last time I visited Sydney two years ago. Lots of development, civil works and a crazy amount of humanity compared to Perth.
I couldn’t help but keep snapping photos from the car on the way home due to the unfamiliarity of the city I use to live in .
The first stop we went to was the Fish market in Pyrmont. Found an awesome butcher called “Vic’s meat market” Amazing quality meat and produce. I tend to experiment on health and nutrition and I am currently doing a zero carb diet, that is, no vegetables or fruit, just meat and the occasional dairy. I even cut out coffee and teas. So going there was like Disneyland to me! I was mortified seeing the butcher cut so much fat off the beef whilst there because of all the negativity and misinformation on saturated fat and cholesterol.
Anyways enough about nutrition, like i said earlier, what I noticed were the amount of construction happening in Sydney. Roads, buildings, bridges, scaffolding, the city seemed to be in a constant state of growth.
Sorry for the sudden absence to those who follow the blog but I have been away on holiday to Saigon and KL over the past 11 days with three my friend’s . I did not have time to post or edit the images from my trip whilst away so the blog got left behind…
I found Saigon exciting and photographically, a gold mine. It took me about a day or two to get used to the amount of data and information Saigon has compared to Perth. But once I got acclimated, I started to shoot 😀
Word of warning about Saigon… There are lots of bikes… and I mean a hell of a lot! They weave in and out of traffic with ease, magically avoiding cars and each other.
I highly recommend getting on the back of one of the Grab or Uber bikes to get around. It cost less than a dollar to get around the City and it is way fun to do.
There is an internal rhythm of the City by the way traffic works in Saigon, it is quite a sight to see.
I could also feel an entrepreneurial spirit from the Vietnamese people. Lots of corner street food stalls, make shift start up joints and people selling small goods on the streets.
One of the things that really blew my mind was that I found no begger on the street. Everyone sold something or provided a service rather than ask for a handout. I could feel a sense of pride and work ethic embedded in the culture.
Being born and raised in the Philippines I couldn’t help but compare the two asian cultures. The Philippines doesn’t have the unity or drive to better one self which I have observed from the Vietnamese. The place is full of corruption, syndicates and crime. (although the Duterte seems to have slained most of the drug dealers) It is filthy and chaotic. I do plan to visit sometime in the end of the year to see family. Doubt the place has improved but photographically it is an interesting place to shoot.
Anyways, back to Vietnam. We mostly stayed in Saigon except for a bus trip to the Cu chi Tunnels where we learnt the brutal history of the Vietnam war. The Vietcong were an innovative bunch, brilliant engineers and creative/scary trap makers. Great to see the innovative mindset has been transferred into the creation of new types of Vietnamese food these days 🙂
If you haven’t visited Saigon, get yourself there! We were able to get return tickets for about $210 aud flying with air asia. Absolutely ridiculous. Already looking forward to doing it again next year but with less partying and more photographing.
Finally my justification or little blurb about the featured image. I chose the image as felt it evoked a dark undertone, which I see as a reference to the Vietnam War. Although the City I have visited is now bustling and full of life, historically there has been alot of death, destruction and displacement of the Saigonese when the American’s lost the war. Lots of people from Saigon who supported the allies fleed and ended up in America, Australia and other countries, most not being able to track or see the families they have left behind. Just a sad reminder no one really wins a war.
Pick for this week. As usual the close ones below. I could have interchange my number one pick with the guy with the binoculars. Shot abit of people on crutches and cast. Chose the shot above as I generally liked the composition, colour, lines and the way the man seems like he is about to fall.
On a sad unrelated note. My Ricoh GR broke 😦 Hopefully it is an easy inexpensive fix. The A6000 will have to do for this week.
Pick for this week above. Although I explored “insertion” as engaging and interacting with the subject and making their portrait, I did not like this approach as it wasn’t evident at first glance without the justification/spiel.
Alternatively, I went and searched for people in the process of inserting something. A straight to the point approach.
In the end, I went with inserting my self/shadow into the image. At least this way I was physically inserting my presence in the image, not just by the approach to create a portrait.
The image I chose for the week was the juxtaposition of the mannequin and lady’s arms to portray the insertion. I also like that my shadow is visible in this image.