​Photography forum captures life of Vietnamese streets

Grandma and child. Photo: Nguyen Khanh

Who knows what will happen to the tranquil streets of Vietnam in the next five or ten years?

An online forum for street photography in Vietnam has received dozens of entries, with many great photos capturing both the peacefulness and dynamism of locations countrywide.

Administrators of the Vietnam Street Photography forum have recently picked their favorite entries to create an album called Pho Xa Minh Yeu, or “Streets That I Love,” which capture simple yet touching moments from across the country.

The photographers say they snapped the photos for fear that these types of moments will soon become a thing of the past, with the busy, noisy and polluted urban life increasingly replacing the slow, peaceful life in antiquated streets.

The “Streets That I Love” album features the tranquil Hanoi Old Quarter, and the lovely, peaceful elements of life in Ho Chi Minh City, among other locations.

“We appreciate truth in the submitted photos,” Cuong Tran, an administrator of Vietnam Street Photography, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

“These street photos will become valuable documents about Vietnam’s urban landscape, which is changing rapidly.”

Tran said the scenes and moments captured in these photos will soon be replaced by newer and more modern values. “Who knows what will happen to these tranquil streets in the next five or ten years?” Tran asked.

He said all photo entries are carefully selected before being displayed on Vietnam Street Photography.

“We do not tolerate heavily posed photographs or intensive use of photo-editing tools,” he said.

“We treasure truthfulness, simplicity and unpretentiousness.

“After all, love comes from the most sincere things.”

Below are some photos of the album:

Dreaming nap. Photo: Duong Nguyen
Dreaming nap. Photo: Duong Nguyen
Being with you on a rainy day. Photo: Le Duy Anh
Being with you on a rainy day. Photo: Le Duy Anh
A passenger bus in Lung Phin Market. Photo: Tan Ngoc
A passenger bus in Lung Phin Market. Photo: Tan Ngoc
It’s great to be women! Photo: Su Kien Son Tay
It’s great to be women! Photo: Su Kien Son Tay
Relaxing moment. Photo: Khoa Tran
Relaxing moment. Photo: Khoa Tran
Morning treat. Photo: Quach Tuan Anh
Morning treat. Photo: Quach Tuan Anh
“We will all grow up one day”. Photo: Nguyen Thanh Hue
“We will all grow up one day”. Photo: Nguyen Thanh Hue
Saigon 21st Century. Photo: Minh Pham
Saigon 21st Century. Photo: Minh Pham
Grandma and child. Photo: Nguyen Khanh
Grandma and child. Photo: Nguyen Khanh
Priority pass. Photo: Ho Quang
Priority pass. Photo: Ho Quang

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