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Weekly photo challenge: street life

Many people living in the big cities in Vietnam, like Hanoi, don’t have much living space and what little they do have may quite often be shared with other families so much of their life is, of necessity, spent on the street. Large numbers of the population work in various ways to feed the rest (kitchens as we know them in the Western world don’t exist as such there). It’s the same in Thailand too. Meals are eaten on the hoof or sitting on one of the ubiquitous minuscule red or blue plastic stools (a Vietnamese speciality).

Inspired by Jon Sanwell’s photos of people in Vietnam I thought I would try my hand at taking some shots in black and white. Please bear in mind these are my first attempts at shooting in black and white.

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On the whole I prefer colour photos, especially as Hanoi was a colourful place even in the cold, misty, drizzly conditions we encountered there. So here are a few in colour. I will be posting more photos of our trip over the next few weeks.

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one of the very few cats we saw in Vietnam

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Did I mention that there are bikes everywhere?

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Our last night in Hanoi – even St Patrick got in on the act!

Which do you prefer – black and white or colour?

Also linking up with Travel Photo Mondays no. 38

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Comments on: "weekly photo challenge: street life and travel photo Monday" (12)

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  2. I agree, color especially in markets tend to work for many foreign venues, but I think black and white works well when the subject focus is tighter with not too many details or distractions.

  3. I can’t choose between the colour and the black and white!

  4. I LOVE the street life in Hanoi! I really like your b&W but like you, I think I prefer color as Asian cities are so colorful! You captured some great photos!

  5. Great B&W photos. I prefer colour too… especially to catch the vibrancy of street life… but the B&W ones compel you to focus on the people in the scene and contemplate about their expressions and life a bit more.

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  7. Thank you for sharing. Black and white film over the years has been given a bad rap. If you want to add drama and dimension to your photos then B&W is the choice. Your photos visually involve the viewer more so than color film ever could.

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  10. Because food is so colorful, I think I would choose the colors pics:) These photos make me sad, knowing that their job is to sit there and sell all day for a few bucks.

  11. poppytump said:

    Super street life shots . Fascinating in fact Carol , so much to take in for each one . Must be hard sitting there day in and day out .

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