Street photography is akin to tightrope walking. We carefully traverse the streets precariously balanced between success and failure. Our senses in overdrive, we seek something unnoticed by non-photographers. Seeing is everything; equipment unimportant.
Seeing: that gesture/gait/expression/shadow, their kiss, that juxtaposition or the shaft of light across those faces. So many possibilities unknown until they reveal themselves to alert eyes.
If the above doesn’t have you nodding knowingly, maybe street photography is not for you.
For the rest of us, the excitement of the process and the promise of a good image – just one – sustains us through failure. Failure is common, but for dedicated street photographers nothing beats the rush of a few hope filled hours on busy streets.
March 26th 2017. We were in Hanoi and my wife had an early hair appointment in the Old Quarter. Having walked the few miles with her to find the salon, I had a few hours to myself.
Below is what I saw that morning.
08.42 Another humbling encounter.
09.31 The guys at Classic Motor Cafe moving bikes for the cops.
09.47 Proud Veterans in uniform are a common site.
09.59 There are no wrong turns in SP but, this was a dead end.
10.13 Waiting for her equally glamorous mum.
10.30 Chai with the taxi drivers. I declined the pipe 😉
10.34 I’m waiting to shoot the traffic; he stopped to watch me.
10.43 An old timer outside his garden.
11.28 Typical warmth of Vietnamese people.
11.34 Where would Asia be without the moped?
12.30 Action Man wasn’t for smiling but paused momentarily.
12.23 Must be an early start for the porters at Dong Xuan Market.
12 Replies to “Walking the tightrope”
What a great set of pictures John. Very revealing of Vietnamese city life, Charming people and of course the ubiquitous motorcycle.
Thanks Peter. With the choppy language and chronological sequence I was trying to reflect the experience of street photography. Best, John
All familiar stuff in terms of the street photography. Nice wee set capturing the mood well I think – Paul
Cheers Paul. Enjoying you stuff from Japan at the moment.
Wonderful John! Your images really make me yearn to go one day……
Thanks Keith, you wouldn’t be disappointed.
You should take the wife to the hair dressers more often…Great images John
Cheers mate. I hope she doesn’t read that 😉
Interesting pictures John. When I take my first stroll in another country I’m usually so gobsmacked by the opportunities, that I miss most of them !
Good to see you’ve settled into the groove and produced thoughtful images.
Thanks Tony. I hope something of the fun of the process comes across. Best, John
Interesting set of pictures, John.
Thanks Mahesh. 🙏