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STREET LIFE

By JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
All the photos were taken in the area near my hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
The street seems to be in constant movement. Itís full of activities, noise, smells and already in March it was pretty hot.

A great way to visit Saigon is by cyclo. You are in the middle of the traffic and at junction when you want to turn left you have to cut the flow of traffic and bikes, motorbikes, cars are coming from everywhere. You sit tight and relax as you have put all your trust in the man who is pedalling behind you. Less stressful than walking around and braving the traffic each time you cross the roads.

I like the this scene. The bloke on the cyclo waiting for customers and having a cigarette while participating in the phonecall conversation of the other man. Itís a typical street, nothing special except for the electrical cables (see my last in order to enjoy the tangles of cables).

f9 1/100th sec zoom at 70mm slight crop in Photofiltre)

Thank you to all the people who took the time to comment on ďHealth and SafetyĒ.

Have a nice Sunday evening,

Jean-NoŽl

Tags: Street photography Flowers Photo journalism Street Traffic Fruit Bicycles Vietnam Landscape and travel Portraits and people Ho chi minh city Conical hats Cyclo Street sellers Street restaurant

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challicew 11 1 1 South Africa
20 Jul 2008 5:58PM
Skilfully captured, each and every one! Brilliant photographs!

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lonely_oryx 11 61 55 England
20 Jul 2008 6:18PM
Great insight to another culture
SandraKay Plus
12 233 4 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2008 6:43PM
They are all so fascinating that I had to look at them twice. I marvel at the overhead wires in V1 and find V9 to be intriguing.
Sandra
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2008 6:49PM
So many bikes and cycles!!!
Super set of shots
Helen
Bob_V 11 1 2 United States
20 Jul 2008 6:52PM
What a fantastic set of images, looks like bicycles galore.
Bob
jaktis 15 84 Sweden
20 Jul 2008 7:06PM
Agree with Bob. great also to see them taking a rest. Very interesting capture showing street life

Peter
rontear Plus
16 8 8 England
20 Jul 2008 7:23PM
Wonderful account of this vibrant city Jean. Ron.
plugin 14 1 Canada
20 Jul 2008 7:29PM
Great set of images..
Jim
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2060 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2008 8:23PM
Real life. Something totally unknown to the children here today who only see streets from the back seat of the parents' cars. Love the buzz.
Moira
Sahyadri 11 61 2 India
20 Jul 2008 8:27PM
wonderful series JN

i liked the V5 a wee bit better than the others.
photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
20 Jul 2008 10:55PM
Bikes and motorbikes are everywhere. V8 for me. Excellent shots
Dennis
faraidoon 11 1 Afghanistan
21 Jul 2008 6:40AM
JNC! that is a brilliant shot i like the sharpness and the comp of the image.

ahmed
hellsbells8868 11 151 2 Wales
21 Jul 2008 6:40PM
Love the expression on the chaps faces in V1, great set of images...
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
21 Jul 2008 8:13PM
This has been (indeed still is !) a fantastic series Jean. Great candids.
Ron
Buffalo_Tom 13 2.3k 9 Wales
24 Jul 2008 6:47AM
Superb series.
Tom.
24 Jul 2008 11:06AM
Thank you very much for the kind comments.
Many of the older men who today drive the cyclos are former doctors, lawers, teachers, journalists, intellectuals ...etc... During the American War they were working or had connections with the Americans. When the war ended , they were sent to some "rehabilitation camps" for a few years and their qualifications destroyed. The only job they could find on their return is pedalling people around. JNC
29 Jul 2008 2:44AM
Images 1, 5 & 7 are my favourites but love the whole set too.
Mac
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
2 Aug 2008 8:14PM
You've captured the hustle and bustle and vibrancy of this busy city wonderfully well in this excellent set of images

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