mar14. San Diego, CA.
My creative process is a constant evolving one and I have been wondering for awhile now, how to merge my two passions: Street Art with Street Photography. When I was in Vancouver in January, I saw something brilliant that I knew I wanted to do, too. There were these beautiful photos on stickers all around the city with the name “Kaid Ashton” on them. After further research, I discovered that Kaid is a well-known photographer that takes on photo projects around the world (this one that I saw, was his depiction of slums in certain parts of the world.) The photos were eye-catching and better yet, they were slapped on the street! So, I decided to start doing something similar (all credit for the idea goes to Kaid Ashton)…I figured I am fortunate enough to travel all over the world and to document fascinating images, so I also wanted to slap my photos onto the streets…Here are some of my first images thrown into the San Diego mix. All of them are from my time in Vietnam, except for one, which is an image from the Old City, Jerusalem, which I was fortunate enough to visit last December:
15 & 16 mar14. San Diego, CA.
Tam Coc is named after the low caves through which the Ngo Dong River flows.
Pictures: JUN09. Tam Coc,Hoa Lu, Vietnam. (Sony Camera and Lens)
Phat Diem. Important center for Catholicism during the French era. There was also a seminary here. The Bishop ruled his own private army here until 1951. The cathedral featured prominently in Graham Greene’s novel THE QUIET AMERICAN.
The 1954 division of VN caused Catholics to flee South, but it is now functional again and there are about 120,000 Catholics around here.
Vietnamese Catholics worshipping their motorbi, I mean…in mass.
Covered bridge dating back to the 19th century.
As I was driving my rented motorbike back, I saw this complex behind the storefronts. A girl’s volleyball game. They were terrible. No recruiting possible. But, the rally went on forever. bump.bump.bump.set.bump.bump.bump….and when a girl finally bumped like the 324th contact into the net, everyone, including the coaches just laughed and clapped…oh, they have a lot to learn…(former player and coach, so I can judge)
Doubles. Just as bad. But great platform. Toes should be pointed inwards, though. I had to get outta there before I made everyone run laps.
Pictures: JUN09. Ninh Binh, Vietnam. (Sony Camera and Lens)
“The board says: get the F*** off drugs, live a healthy and lovely life! [including the weight lifting]…and stay away from prostitutes! (Ma Tuy) — Vietnamese are VERY straightforward on their signage…love it!”
Dong Hoi was the center of the country til 1954 and the North/South partition. After that it became a kind of frontier town. Dong Hoi went to the north and Dong Ha went to the south.Dong Hoi is working hard to rebuild and beautify.
The fishing boat picture is displayed on the wall of Com Coka, a Vietnamese Restaurant in Kobe, Japan.
All Pictures: JUN09. Dong Hoi, Vietnam. (Sony Camera and Lens)
All Pictures: OCT/NOV08. Mui Ne, Vietnam.