Even an end has a start!

I've been busy of late, with six out of the last ten weeks on the road around northern and central Vietnam, shooting two new book projects. Starting in Hanoi my travels so far have taken me to Halong Bay, Sapa, Hue, Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang and Dalat as well as places in between.

One book is in the can and the second is about half way completed. Both are due for publication in early 2018. It's been great to be reconnecting to places that I have not been to for some time and witnessing and recording the changes that are taking place throughout the country. It will be awesome to have two more books in print bringing my total to four. #aintlifegrand

Guarding Ho Chi Minh. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi.

Guarding Ho Chi Minh. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi.

A most fortunate accidental meeting

Scouting locations for a photoshoot last weekend I happened into one of my favorite alleyways (hems) in central Saigon. To my delight there was a television crew in the alley filming a segment for a show on "famous alleys of Saigon." Their subject for the segment was a young girl called Spin. A recent finalist on So You Think You Can Dance Vietnam, Spin is a super talented contemporary dancer, a great leaper and a crazy, fun filled character to boot. After interrupting the filming to explain my dance project to Spin, who quickly signed on to the program, I found myself being interviewed for the segment as well.

Afterwards the crew, Spin and I went for coffee and a number of new friends were made as well as a great new addition to my dance project.

I usually find that venturing out into the world, even when you don't really feel like it, pays better dividends than staying home on the sofa eating potato chips. 

Spin. A break in the proceedings.

Spin. A break in the proceedings.

Spin. Jumping for joy.

Spin. Jumping for joy.

Spin. Young, talented and easy on the eye :)

Spin. Young, talented and easy on the eye :)

CEO Asia Magazine

I'm thrilled to have recently done my first editorial assignment Vietnam for CEO Asia Magazine. The first shoot is due for publication in the June issue of the magazine and I am looking forward to more to come :)

Studio Time

I've been spending a bit more time in the studio of late having found a great studio space with the added bonus of a super cool rooftop to shoot on as well. One of the many benefits of studio shooting is air-conditioning, especially in Saigon at this time of year. Here are a few shots of a lovely Vietnamese model, Nhi, from a recent shoot.

The boxer.

The boxer.

Confrontation

Confrontation

Into the light

Into the light

Getting some air

Getting some air

The great Tet migration.

I have just spent a week in Central Vietnam during the great annual Tet migration. This was my second Tet at this location and I once again visited the local market, which is one of the friendliest that I have encountered in Vietnam. As the only foreigner in a town of 200,000 people, where the market is the focal point (no pun intended) of activity, particularly in the lead up to Tet, I once again discovered how Hollywood celebrities must feel. I was mobbed almost everywhere I went and appeared in many group photos with the local people. I had shot the market pretty extensively last year so on my stroll through this year I concentrated on trying to capture individuals and groups of people in thoughtful or interesting situations. A few images are below. Chuc Mung Nam Moi, Happy New Year 2017, the Year of the Rooster.

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The chickens were nervous. You would be too.

The chickens were nervous. You would be too.

Feeling blue.

Feeling blue.

Natural beauty meets high fashion.

Natural beauty meets high fashion.

The transaction.

The transaction.

The style icon.

The style icon.