Travel Photography | Cityscapes

An aerial view of downtown Ho Chi Minh City, in southern Vietnam.

Saigon. Kohima. Singapore. Luang Prabang. Shanghai. Phonsavan. Hanoi. Bangkok. Danang. Nha Trang. Dali. Hong Kong. And everywhere else not pictured. I’ve fallen in love with every city, town, district, collection of huts in the middle of a vast unknown landscape I’ve ever visited. The world is a large, complicated, beautiful place. Go forth.

Tearsheets | The Best Pizza in Vietnam


One of my favorite clients, INK Publishing, is running another spread with my photos in Tiger Air’s inflight magazine this month. From a Japanese-run pizza joint in Saigon that may make the best pizza in the world. Seriously. Pizza 4Ps. They grow their own vegetables on a farm in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, and make several of their own cheeses as well, including a burrata that adorns their signature dish. Plus the chef studied in Italy and the owner is one of the friendliest people in Ho Chi Minh City. Go there.

Travel Photography | Phuket, Thailand

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I got a chance to relax for a few days after a brief stint working just outside of Phuket, Thailand. Sometimes all you need is a beach and a book and a few of those other little big things that make life all the more worthwhile.

Travel Diaries | Instagram


So I travel a lot and I take a lot of photographs. And this blog is a great platform for showing off recent work and tearsheets and nicer, more professional-looking images. But what about all those things that get lost along the way? All those moments and scenes and snapshots snapped with my camera phone somewhere on the journey, whether with friends or strangers or just something out of a plane window 35,000 feet above the earth? What happens to that diary of digital detritus? Well, funny you should ask. I put it all up on my Instagram account. You should follow me there. If you’re into that kind of thing. Come say hello. Everything has flare. Aaron Joel Santos Instagram.

Yangon Rising

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When I first traveled to Yangon, there were frequent power outages, a distinct lack of cellphones, and empty roads after 9pm. But things change. There were also crowded tea shops and chaotic street markets and girls wearing thanaka. Not to mention a kind of prevailing overall ramshackle charm. All of which has survived to this day. It’s a bit cliche to say that the country is finally moving into the 21st century, but it’s also difficult to deny the progress being made, especially in Yangon. Social media is making inroads. New bars and restaurants are opening up. Some neighborhoods are becoming more hip than others. There’s a growing arts scene. And so much more. It’s great to see a city coming into its own. Especially a city as beautiful and unique as Yangon. So here are just a few photos from a few days there. Focusing mostly on that retro allure. That certain whatever. That thing that keeps bring me back, over and over again.

A young Burmese street seller at a crowded market in downtown Yangon, Myanmar.
Early morning on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar.
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A man walks along a pier toward the Yangon River in downtown Yangon, Myanmar.
A man carries a jug of water through the streets of Yangon, Myanmar.
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Locals exit a small bus in downtown Yangon, Myanmar.
Burmese men and women wait for the bus in downtown Yangon, Myanmar.
A crowded market in downtown Yangon, Myanmar.
A street seller at her food stall in downtown Yangon, Myanmar.
A young child is carried through a street market in downtown Yangon, Myanmar.
Sunset along the Yangon River in Yangon, Myanmar.

Mostly Love Now

Yangon in Rising Color

Something colorful and bright for the weekend. Just because.

Documentary Photography Edits


Trying to condense all of the documentary work I’ve done into a concise intelligent moving and relevant 25-30 picture edit is proving to be one of the more difficult tasks I’ve set myself so far this year. But you know. Has to be done. So here I am, brewing a fourth tin of coffee, skipping lunch, and putting drops in my eyes to keep the dryness at bay. I’d rather have hundreds of prints scattered across the floor, but that’s just more time. So maybe next round.


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