I have been in Vietnam for six months today. FYI, that sentence makes me so happy! It, of course, feels half like I've been here for much longer than that and half like I've just arrived. Six months is a
respectable amount of time where I do feel like I can say I've lived here and have started to grasp the eccentricities of Vietnamese life. But, honestly, I still have so much to do and explore and photograph!!! It's a bit daunting.
But, I'll be taking a slight break from Vietnam. I'm heading back to America for the rest of the summer, then off to Europe (gotta take advantage of this whole "being a digital nomad" thing), and then will make my way back to Vietnam and Southeast Asia a bit later in the fall.
Because I know my current chapter of living here is starting to wind down, I decided to add to my gallery of local life as much as possible while I can. I mean, this is one photogenic country and culture! So I went with a fellow photographer to a few spots I hadn't been yet in Saigon including the Thien Hau Temple, Jade Pagoda, Ho Thi Ky Flower Market, and Van Thanh Park.
The colors and little details of daily life and local street images are absolutely gorgeous and fascinating to me. I've loved living and working here and will continue to capture what I can, while I can. And then in a few months, I will come back refreshed and ready to go for the next chapter in this crazy place.
Danielle Desnoyers is a traveling freelance photographer with a focus on humanitarian, travel, and family photography. She currently splits her time between the United States and Vietnam with travels to other countries as well.