Bridal | Danang, Vietnam

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Just a simple image from a wedding at the Naman Resort in Danang, Vietnam. A bride framed by palm trees and a distant sky on a clear sunny morning before a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Simple. But sometimes that’s all you need.

Back in Bangkok

A woman walks through Wat Suthat in Bangkok, Thailand.
Inside the Wat Pho complex in Bangkok, Thailand.

Photographs from Kyushu, Japan

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It was such a beautiful place. Rolling green mountains and ancient towns, a luxury train journey that spanned the small island. Castles in Kumomoto. Horror and history in Nagasaki. Seascapes, volcanoes, and abandoned islands made of concrete. And now, three earthquakes that have rocked and shifted things. I was planning this blog as a simple celebration of my time there when they happened. Just outtakes from my journey. Simple, unassuming. And I’m going to keep it that way. Any words I could think of would be too small and insignificant in the face of this tragedy. So here’s a small glimpse into the Kyushu I saw and loved and will return to, hopefully sooner than later.

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A blurry landscape in Kyushu, Japan.
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Dazaifu Shrine in Kyushu, Japan.
A detail at a small temple in Kyushu, Japan.
A small church in the middle of a fishing village in Amakusa, Japan.
Buildings in Nagasaki, Japan.
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Staff on board the Seven Stars Kyushu luxury train in Japan.
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Lunchtime on board the Seven Stars Kyushu luxury train in Japan.
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Traveling in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

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Things have been insane. I’ve been home for about a week in the past two months. Traveling and working across China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Australia, with more work coming up in Japan, Singapore, and the UK. So the blog has taken a bit of a backseat while I find myself editing four or five things at once, struggling to stay on deadlines.

Yesterday I finished up a five-day shoot at the amazing La Veranda Resort on Phu Quoc Island in southern Vietnam. Now I’m off to Hanoi and Halong Bay for a much-needed week of vacation. So for now, here’s a quick picture from an uninhabited private island several hours away from the hotel. True bliss and beauty and solitude.

Tearsheets | Kyushu, Japan

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A few months ago, I traveled to Japan to ride one of the world’s most luxurious boutique trains for a few nights across the southernmost island of Kyushu. Pretty much the most amazingly spoiled rotten thing I’ve ever done in my life. I was taking pictures for a story about the train and the island overall. We visited Mount Aso, Nagasaki, that abandoned mining island where some scenes from James Bond were filmed a few years back, Fukuoka, and a handful of small onsen towns as well. Basically a week’s worth of work that felt like anything but a week’s worth of work. Which is arguably how all jobs should feel. Here are the tearsheets from the magazine. I’ll post some outtakes soon as well. Until then.

Thailand | One From the Road

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Just a quick image from an assignment in the countryside outside of Bangkok, Thailand. More to come.

Website Updates | The Future of What

A view over Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from Bitexco Tower.

I spent the last few days sitting on the Mekong River in Luang Prabang, Laos, reading a few good books and updating my portfolio and generally just being a bit lost and out of touch with the world. It looks like I’ll be away almost the entire month of March, traveling between Thailand, China, Australia, and Vietnam, so I wanted some peace and quiet. A bit of time to myself before drowning in so much [amazing] work.

I’ve got some great new projects in the works. Some work-related. Some personal. Some new. Others a long time in the making. I’m gathering some of my best images of Vietnam for a small book and a limited edition print run. I’m mapping out a course through the Mekong for a large-scale future project. Preparing for a story in rural Thailand for a large editorial client. Drafting a few blog posts. Packing for several different seasons in several different hemispheres. And trying to find some time to finish at least one of the five books I’m currently reading. Etc. Etc. Things are busy, but wonderful. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I just finished a huge update to my website, so check it out to see some of my newer work: Aaron Joel Santos Photography. I’ll talk more soon about the prints I’ll be putting up for sale, and the rest of what I’ve been working on. I’m behind in posting here. But so it goes. Stay tuned. Here are some images of Vietnam that I’m editing down. From across the country. Not nearly epic or comprehensive enough yet. But soon. Happy Valentine’s Day to all you fallen frenetic fantastic forlorn lovers out there.

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Carving marble statues in central Vietnam.
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Urban Farming and Development in Vietnam
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