Four weeks in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam back in 2011.
Was visiting a local famous temple for prayer. The art director wanted some pictures of the locals selling prayer items. So been a non Vietnamese, i can’t speak their native language. The art director spoke to them to get them agree for pictures. Vietnamese always love to have their picture taken, i wonder why, something that still mystify me till today.
I’ve composed in a way to capture more of the background environment in what they are selling, rather than focus just their close up portrait. It depends what story you wish to tell. As this was done indoor, i turned the subject around to the available natural light source. No flash was require to capture the 2 different scenes.
I liked the pictures because both ladies were very pleasant and i like the various details in the background of their work place.
I can see their life is not easy, but their smile showed hope and calmness in life.