This first street scene is a scan of one of the lost slides lurking in my closet until a few weeks ago. It’s a companion to the second image, one of my favorite Saigon street images. Balloons? Sure, why not? The balloons tie the two images together.
This first scene boils with life. The small Christmas tree on the lower right puts this shot into December 1966. The balloons draw the viewer into the image (and the crowd.) Let’s move a little closer.
Each of the young men is giving me ‘the look.’ The balloon guy seems friendly enough, the other guy? suspicious if not hostile. But the expression on the little girl’s face, her fascination with the balloons, wins my vote. I do like the way this image came together. Sometimes you do grab a decisive moment.
PS — I struggled with color balancing the scans from my old slides but these aren’t bad considering.