Hanoi

Who Wants to Go Back to the Past? - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

This has been an opinion of mine for a long time:  We somehow got onto this train of modernization (let's make it a bullet train) that grabbed us by the swift.  Before we know it, we are in this foreign land that looks nothing like the place that we came from.  Well, it could be good, and it could be bad.  The problem is, while we are rushing in one direction, many want to take the other train heading back.

So many times, when I travel in foreign countries, I see things that remind me of the past.  And inevitably, that made me miss the "good old days".

This image was made when strolling the "old district" of Hanoi in Vietnam.  It amazes me that in this day and age, there's a barber shop right on the street, when all it takes is just a chair and a few tools in a box.  Really, life can be so simple.  And we manage to make it complex.

What do you miss about the past?  If there's a train to take you back, would you hop on it?  Would you go to the days when the pace was slower.  And in fact, when you drink coffee, it's beyond serving the purpose of keeping you going through stress (remember the word "leisure"?)?  Would you go back to the days when people actually talk to each other, face to face, and you receive hand-written notes in the mail?

If you haven't found this train, give me a call.  I don't know where it is either.  But I am the "middle-ground" where I do talk to my clients (not via text messages) and send hand-written notes. :-)

Barber Shop on the Street of Hanoi, Vietnam - ©Jean Huang Photography
Barber Shop on the Street of Hanoi, Vietnam - ©Jean Huang Photography

A real beauty brought back from Vietnam - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

I realized that it's been months since our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia and I've been guilty of not sharing enough beautiful images from it.  This one stuck in my mind even during the trip. It was the day that we arrived in Hanoi.  The weather was perfect and we took an easy afternoon stroll along the lake near our hotel.  It turned out to be a popular day (or season) for bridal portraits.  We must have run into at least 5 couples within an hour.  This bride-to-be in her traditional costume, with the soft rays on her shoulder, was simply too beautiful to pass up for me.

So here's my take on her bridal portraiture:

Bridal portraiture at Hanoi, Vietnam - ©Jean Huang Photography
Bridal portraiture at Hanoi, Vietnam - ©Jean Huang Photography

Anybody knows this beautiful bride?  I would love to send her a print.