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#POTW Saigon has become a modern city

This Photo of the Week (POTW) is of Hieu at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in central Saigon, Vietnam. The museum building itself is over a hundred years old and is full of history itself as the former governor’s and vice president’s residences in the French colonial and South Vietnam eras. Now the backdrop of modern Saigon is beginning to encroach on the backdrop of it. More photos like this for licensing can also be found on my agent’s website.

Hieu at the Ho Chi Minh Museum.

#POTW Bella Vu in a Saigon Cafe

This Photo of the Week comes from a shoot I did few weeks ago with a great Vietnamese model, Bella Vu. Here, she’s wearing a fashionable version of the áo dài (pron “ah-oh yai”). Áo dàis was probably invented in about 1744, but the first modern version appeared in a Paris fashion show in 1921 and became the canonical design we know now (Wikipedia). Today, the áo dài is only really worn for weddings, high school girl uniforms, and by receptionists. We were lucky enough to shoot in The Morning Café for a few hours, to which we are really, really grateful to TMC (TMC on FaceBook). It’s a great location in Saigon, District 1, about a 3-5min walk from the Ben Thanh Market on Le Loi Street, heading towards the Opera House. It’s a quiet place to relax in the mornings, especially if you want a good cappuccino and time to bash away on your laptop keyboard.

This photo of Bella Vu is one of the first of thousands I’ve taken in Vietnam, and so this, and others like it, will come available in the coming weeks on by my Agent’s website, and in my Vietnam Gallery of my PhotoShelter portfolio.

Address: The Morning Café, and TMC on FaceBook, 2nd Floor, 36 Le Loi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

A young lady in a cafe in Saigon, Vietnam.

A young lady in a cafe in Saigon, Vietnam.

#POTW Ceramics seller in Saigon

This Photo of the Week is of this lady with the most adorable personality. She is physically tiny, and as you can see, her ceramic wares stall is also really tiny. However, she is surrounded by a vast and wonderful collection of pots, cups, you name it. The styles and designs are beautiful. If you happen to find yourself in Vietnam, you can possibly find her in amongst the myriad of stalls at the Ben Thanh Market, Saigon, District 1, of Ho Chi Minh City. Of course, more photos of my Vietnam adventure will be posted in coming weeks to my PhotoShelter Vietnam gallery.

Oh, if you’re a little confused by the city names. The city is a new city, being established by the migrating Vietnamese, as they took over this part of old Cambodia. Then the Chinese came. Then the French merged the sprawling areas and called them Saigon-Cholon. Then the Cholon part of the name was dropped, and Saigon was used to refer to the smaller area and the wider city. Then the communists won the war which ended in 1975, and they renamed the whole city HCMC, but ‘Saigon’ still refers to the central part of HCMC. I think I’ve got that right.

An elderly lady selling ceramic goods in the Ben Thanh Markets, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam.

An elderly lady selling ceramic goods in the Ben Thanh Markets, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam.

The Morning Cafe photo shoot

Here’s a sneak peak preview of what’s to come. This photo shoot was with the great Vietnamese model Bella Vu in The Morning Cafe. A special thanks to TMC for allowing us to shoot there. It was a quiet escape from the bustle of HCMC, where you can enjoy a great cappuccino. If you’re ever in town, you can find The Morning Cafe on Trip Advisor; 2nd Floor, 36 Le Loi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City (TMC on Google Maps). The photos will be prepared and uploaded in the coming weeks.

A young lady in a The Morning Cafe in Saigon, Vietnam.

A young lady in The Morning Cafe in Saigon, Vietnam.

JPA sẽ đến #Vietnam

Tôi sẽ đến thăm Nha Trang và Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh trong tuần đầu tiên của Tháng Chín (2014). Tôi đang tìm cách để làm việc với cáccác người mẫu và chuyên viên trang điểm tạiđịa phươngcho một loạt các dự án nhiếp ảnh chủ yếu theo chủ đề du lịch và nghệ thuật.Tôi hy vọng sẽ làm việc với cả người nước ngoài và người Việt Nam, trẻ và già và trung niên, nam và nữ.Tôi cũng đang tìm các địa điểm chụp, có thể là quán cà phê, nhà hàng, quán bar, cửa hàng sách, cửa hàng, bất cứ nơi nào.Tôi cũng sẽ đánh giá cao bất kỳ lời khuyên hay ý tưởng, và bất cứ ai có thể cung cấp một số trợ giúp trong việc tổ chức các địa điểm chụp và nói chuyện với người dân địa phương(làm thông dịch viên).Nếu bạn quan tâm,hãy liên hệ với tôi càng sớm càng tốt; các người mẫu cũng xin vui lòng hãy xem các slideshow dưới đây và hồ sơ PhotoShelter của tôi, và xin vui lòng đọc trang Tìm kiếm Người mẫu.