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A different view of Vietnam today. The two things youíll notice straight away when arriving in Vietnam are the hanging electrical cables and the traffic.

Electric cables really are surprising, scary, unsightly yet have a certain charm. Itís the same with the traffic. Going across the street seems an impossibility at first. But plucking your courage and walking slowly among the flow of mopeds, motorbikes, cars, buses ÖetcÖ you get to the other side.
Your heart is racing and the adrenalin is flowing but youíll be quite relaxed and be ready to do it again remembering you must not forget that there might be a bike coming unexpectedly the wrong way.
Itís so amazing to see a lone bike going against the traffic. Nobody seems to mind. And they let the person go through. No road rage! Itís accepted that the person coming the wrong way might have a legitimate reason so why become hot under the collar, itís hot enough outside as it is.

These photo were taken from a fist floor restaurant. I had a great time watching the traffic and admiring the artistic intricacy of the cables (f18 1/80th zoom at 17mm).

Thanks for the comments on the ďHoly ManĒ. His world is far more peaceful than the madness of Ho Chi Minh City.

Have a nice evening,

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Traffic Vietnam Landscape and travel Portraits and people Ho chi minh city Electric cables

Voters: climbing_orchid, SRSmith, rats and 34 more

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SRSmith 11 1 United States
18 Jul 2008 5:49PM
Amazing - you have to wonder how they work on it when something goes wrong. A very interesting write-up too, Jean. I enjoyed the presentation very much.

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lonely_oryx 11 61 55 England
18 Jul 2008 5:51PM
Certainly got their wires crossed. Interesting set
Bob_V 11 1 2 United States
18 Jul 2008 5:56PM
Busy, busy, busy, what a wonderful series and write up, such great work.
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2008 6:06PM
They really are amazing. Definitely unsafe!!
jaktis 15 84 Sweden
18 Jul 2008 6:12PM
Agree with Bob, every detail looks busy i different ways. Good captures

rontear Plus
16 8 8 England
18 Jul 2008 6:23PM
Amazing world image Jean, love the activity. Dont know if I awnt to be sat here in an electrical storm ! Ron.
DolphinLady 13 54 1 Wales
18 Jul 2008 6:35PM
Oh my goodness...& I've been moaning about the wires at the back of my computer desk....never again.
These are so amazing.
I wonder what they do if they get a power, don't even go there.
Fantastic captures JeanNoel
bayleaf 11 8 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2008 6:41PM
Well captured

taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
18 Jul 2008 7:08PM
A maze of wires-- and again, reminds me of some of what we saw in portugal-- although in some cases they are tyring to bury it in pipes under the streets--

Very observant images, a new twist on progress--- Jennn
photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
18 Jul 2008 10:36PM
Yes JNC, it also looks like here in the Philippines. One of the reason why they expose the wires instead of the underground laying is, the place is flood prone area, and most of all, very easy to reconnect wires if needed. Looks terrible. Great shots JNC
19 Jul 2008 3:34AM
Excellent shots, JN. Absolutely love the composition of V3 --- truly compelling.
Squirrel 12 459 6 England
20 Jul 2008 10:06AM
Love the commentary. Well spotted. I like the capture of the background movement.
hellsbells8868 11 151 2 Wales
21 Jul 2008 6:39PM
Oh dear.... wouldnt wand to sort them out..... Great capture..
Buffalo_Tom 13 2.3k 9 Wales
24 Jul 2008 6:49AM
Wouldn't like to have to trace those wires.Excellent write up and images.
piccy 13 8 Wales
29 Jul 2008 7:55PM
Such a lot of wires, it's amazing the system works.
brownsilent 12 7 2 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2008 10:23PM
Goodness me,

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