A few months back, I did a vintage inspired wedding shoot at Château St. Ambroise in Montreal with the wonderful Fanny Wong and MUA Kitty Mann, Here are some of the results of that shoot. The enitre shoot was conducted with ambiant light only. So no flash, a high ISO and at times a reflector. Enjoy the results.
Our last stop in Vietnam was in the south. First we stopped in Ho Chi Minh for the day and then spent three days on the Mekong delta in a Sampan (small boat) that we rented for three days and two nights. And Finally we returned to Ho Chi Minh for three days to terminate our trip.
Ho Chi Minh, contrary to the other parts of Vietnam we visited, was a very busy metropolitain city with all the exclusive brand stores and state of the art buildings, restaurants and stores that cater mostly to tourists and then there is the other part of the town that is more geared to what the vietnamese can afford.
On our first day we explored the city and visited the War Museum, the Post Office, the Cathedral and the city in general. Then we headed to the Mekong Delta where we sent off on our sampan. This is a private little boat that includes an english tour guide, a captain and two helpers. They all catered to only David and I. We spent three days and two nights visting the Delta, taking in the beautiful scenery and stopping periodically to visit a market, a brick making factory, a candy factory, a temple, we also had supper at the house of a wealthy local, etc. All very interesting and eye opening.
On our return to Ho Chi Minh, we took a day to go and visit the Cu Chi tunnels where the Viet Cong hid and fought the americans during the Vietnam War. We were given a history lesson from the perspective of the Vietnamese and NOT what we’ve always heard from the American version and movies it was very unsettling to see how these people managed to live for years in these tiny tunnels with all that entailed. Bugs, scorpions, bombs exploding overhead, tunnels being flooded by the americans to ‘flush out’ the Viet Cong, etc. I walked about 40 meters (walking is a generous term, more like scuttled along bent over, and I’m only 5’3”) and was very anxious to get out, so I definately, could not image living full time in these tunnels.
On our last day, we visited some museums and did a little last minute souvenir shopping.
The Vietnamese are an amazing, accepting, resilient people who still manage to be happy with the little they have and who have learned to put the past behind them and live for the future.
I thought that I would do a photoshoot this week that was a little different from my usual style. Nevertheless the results were very satisfying. I brought three models with me to Place Ste-Catherine on the south shore of Montreal. Some people may know this place as the Recreo Parc. This park was a camp ground that was built for expo 67 and 20 years ago the camping aspect was thrown out and the park became a beautiful municipal park. Hope you all enjoy the results of a wonderful few hours of shooting.