Hotel Noir

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Sometimes, when the days are long and the edits longer and the weight of so many assignments feels heavy and never-ending and my work falls into an inefficient haze, I like to take a step back and refocus my energy and look at old work paired with new work and forgotten frames and sometimes, just sometimes, this method of refocusing yields fun and interesting and odd results. Like noticing that with a little creative editing, some of my previous hotel and resort shoots take on a bit of a film noir air. A kind of grim bleakness which stands in stark contrast to the idyllic locales and pampered states where most of these places actually exist. It’s a fun way of looking at your own photography, through this warped and cracked and backwards looking glass.

A view over Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from Bitexco Tower.
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Hotels, Resorts, Spas & Restaurants in Southeast Asia
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A man looks over a landscape in Con Dao, Vietnam.
Prisons, Fishing & Paradise
Early morning at Song Saa resort in southern Cambodia.
Prisons, Fishing & Paradise
Hotels, Resorts, Spas & Restaurants in Southeast Asia
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Commercial Work: Hotel de l’Opera

One of my last assignments of last year was to photograph Hanoi’s newest 5-star hotel in the heart of downtown–the Hotel de l’Opera. It was two and a half days of intense shooting and running around, but the client is super happy with the results, so it’s all worth it in the end. It was a great way to end 2010 and to start 2011. This hotel is going to be a serious contender when it opens its doors in the next few weeks. On the inside, you could be in any of the world’s great capitals. Which is unique in Hanoi. Anyway, there’s not much else to say about this assignment. The best thing is that its right down the street from my house, so I hope they know how to make a proper Old Fashioned.