Hanoi’s New Urban Landscapes

I’m starting work on something of a large and sprawling personal project, dealing with some of the capital’s new urban areas and its rapid outward expansion and full-throttle thrust into the global economy. One of the nice things about starting on a body of work this loose and disorganized is that I can kind of play around with different mediums and formats and see what I think will really work for the story, as I begin to narrow it all down.

The shots above are all from some expired black & white film I had lying around, processed at a crappy camera store in the Old Quarter. I like the damaged, dark look they’ve taken on, but next time I’ll try to keep a bit more control over the final product. I can always mess them up more, but I can’t take back some of the things the camera store screwed up on. Regardless, it feels good to be shooting film again. It’s hardly ever practical for assignments, so I’m trying to play around with it more for my personal work. I’m not sure what I think of these images in the long term, but they offer an interesting perspective for now.

4 thoughts on “Hanoi’s New Urban Landscapes”

  1. Absolutely love 1 and 4!
    Don’t know if you have found my blog yet.jimmeyleblanc.wordpress.com
    I’ve committed to posting an image a day for 2 months to kick it off. I’m a little over 1/2 way there.
    Love to hear any feedback you might have to offer.
    I’m a fan of your blog and have been following it since it’s inception.
    Hope you are well..

    All the best,
    Jimmey LeBlanc

  2. Hey Jimmey, good to see some new work from you. I’m digging the images from the “Lovers” series that you’re working on, and I’m definitely happy to talk about work any time. I’ll post some more thoughts later. What have you been up to?

  3. glad to see some film from ya Aaron…and these look sharp…lots of emotion right off the bat from them. maybe try and find a good balance over the control and what you’ve got going on here, wouldn’t want to see this looseness lost!

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