T oday’s opening shot is an image of Ho Chi Minh City’s famous opera house, one of Saigon’s most recognizable structures. I have photographed the Opera House on numerous occasions but I cannot take credit for finding this unique perspective. In fact it was tour guest Bob Shaw who discovered the reflection of the opera house in a small puddle which wouldn’t have been there during this, the dry season, if not for a brief unseasonable rain shower, which occurred around lunchtime today.
And so I’ll begin blogging the 2012 Vietnam Explorer Photo Tour. Our 1st stop today was in the Chinese section of town known as Cho Lon. It is here, that one of my most favorite Ho Chi Minh City markets bustles with activity triggered 365 days a year.
Our group spent an hour and a half in a 1 block square area for graphing the activity and energy of this amazing, commercial center.
Our 2nd stop of the day was at a Cantonese pagoda, the popular and very atmospheric location where locals come to pray and light incense sticks. In case you’re wondering about the gentleman in the photo below, that’s Bob Shaw, the guy who discovered the spot where we could all shoot the reflection of the opera house. On behalf of everyone, I want to take this opportunity to thank Bob, for sharing his unique and amazing find.
At the post office we encountered, retired postal worker Doung Van Ngo. Van Ngo spends his days translating and writing letters for folks who are unable to do so. He’s famous here at the post office and known lovingly as “the little corporal”. Van Ngo has been performing this service for over 20 years. You can read more about him here.