More reflections and Saigon street life this week. I took the easy way out because I was having a hard time deciding. So, instead of choosing one image, I’ll share both scenes.
This shot was taken a few feet away from the corner where I photographed the two kids on the corner (last week’s reflections). Lots going on in this shot. There’s the subtle reflection back to the corner, the three boys are talking, but what are the woman, the little girl and the guy with the racquet looking at? I don’t remember, but I do like the animation of the players going about their business.
This shot is packed with emotion and layers. Look at the young woman sitting on the sidewalk on the far left. She’s alone with her thoughts amid a busy scene. I cropped the image to give more focus on the young woman. There’s a crowd of people lined up to get into the restaurant, the other women are talking to each other, but she’s alone.
It’s tough to get the right colors with some of my old slides so I created a B&W version and included both because, once again, I couldn’t decide which was the better image.
So, what are these women doing sitting on the sidewalk anyway. They’re getting by as best they can by selling black market stuff. This kind of scene repeated itself over and over all through the streets of downtown Saigon. The image of the pretty young woman on the left says it all.
I went back to the original slide and cropped the young woman on the left. She deserves her own stage. Here are two versions.
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