With the environment under pressure, one Vietnam-based entrepreneur working in the lumber industry has found an alternative — reclaimed wood. But this is not just any old wood. Words and photos by Nick Ross
Dong Ha in Quang Tri province is the city that Danish photographer and documentary maker, Adam Jacobi, once called his Vietnam home. A former humanitarian aid worker based in places as far flung as Sudan, Afghanistan and Geneva, Adam quit his regular job a few years ago to follow his dream.
Eighty-one-year-old Tan Vinh is a street photographer known for his images of Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi’s Old Quarter. But he’s not the kind of shutterbug who shoots photos for both local and foreign tourists. For this former military factory worker, photography is a hobby. So passionate is he about his work that for the past two years he has been the oldest contestant at the annual Canon Photo Marathon. His exertions have even seen him awarded a moniker — The King of Hoan Kiem Lake.
It’s just after 3am in Hoc Mon, an outlying district of Ho Chi Minh City. Mr. Ho and his wife are picking vegetables from their small, isolated farm on the edge of the city. Growing rau sach, vegetables cultivated without the use of chemicals, the daily routine starts with picking the water spinach and Vietnamese cabbage, before washing it down to prepare it for the market.
Cultural faux pas. Contrasting world views. Preconceived ideas. Here are all those things that people in Vietnam don’t understand about Westerners. Words by Kieran Crowe