Off to Ha Giang

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone for the overwhelmingly positive response to my last post. I’m glad that my photographs can find a wider audience, and it’s always encouraging to get feedback that justifies and legitimizes your life choices. So yeah. Thank you. To everyone.

As always, I feel like I have a lot to say, and only a small amount of time in which to say it. I’m just back from an assignment in Laos, and I’m off tomorrow evening for a trip to Ha Giang. I love it. It’s easily one of my favorite places in Vietnam, if not the world. And worth every minute of the hassle it takes to get there. I’ll be traveling with a few good friends, and it will be a breath of fresh air, both literally and figuratively, that I really need right now. I’ve been running around nonstop for the past two months. Yet still, my idea of a relaxing time is running off again to drive through the mountains of northern Vietnam. Hopefully that will never change.

So tomorrow evening I’m off on the overnight bus. I’m going to stand on the border and stare down China. Drink in the cool mountain air. Bathe in sunshine. Let a thousand foreign words wash over me. Spit into the wind. Kick the dust off my boots and move on and on and on and on. It’s important to get away from everything now and again. Even better to do it with friends.

For those interested: here are some of my photographs from Ha Giang Province. All taken with a variety of film cameras. Most developed in my bathroom at home.

8 thoughts on “Off to Ha Giang

  1. I don’t remember ever leaving a comment on anyone’s site in regards to their work, but I felt compelled to do so in your case.

    You see very clearly . There’s an honesty towards how you feel about your subjects , and that you’re not just using them to complete your content quotient .

    You get it ! keep up the good work .

    Sincerely,

    Michael Lardizabal

  2. Loved your b/w photos: Evocative with mysterious stories behind them. You are more than a photographer, you are also a storyteller. Thank you for sharing your gifts.

  3. My boyfriend and I are planning a vacation to Vietnam for next year, and your photos are causing my excitement to build. Your work is gorgeous, and has such honest emotion in it. Thank you for sharing your photos. 🙂

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