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One of the main reasons for travelling to Vietnam was to go in one my grand father’s footsteps. He had left France in the 1890s to go to Indochina (a French colony at the time) looking for orchids. He had studied Agronomy and was looking for adventures (a precursor of the gap year!!!!!!!).

On his travels he met Alexandre Yersin who discovered the bacillus responsible for the bubonic plague or pest. They explored the Central Highlands of Vietnam together and my grand father took many photos which have been passed down to me. (V2 is one of those photos).

I might have been to some villages he visited. The style of some of the houses has remained the same. The beliefs of the hill tribe people have not changed. The way of life is certainly different but in some places not much has changes. Seeing some of the things my grand father might have seen added a personal dimension to my recent trip.

I hope you will like this timeless scene (f13 1/60th sec zoom at 17mm slight crop in Photofiltre). All comment, critique, reactions…etc… welcome.

Thanks for telling me your reactions about the lovely kids in Ta Lai village and which version you liked best.

Have a nice sunny day,

Tags: Photo journalism Plough Agriculture Farmer Vietnam Central highlands Buffalo Landscape and travel Portraits and people Lam dong Binh phuoc provinces

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challicew 11 1 1 South Africa
19 Jun 2008 9:18AM
I love these images, an interesting view of life outside of our tunneled vision!

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pascalg 12 37 France
19 Jun 2008 9:20AM
excellent series : nice to see that things have not changed that much since #2...
photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
19 Jun 2008 9:30AM
We still have the kind of life here in the Philippine provinces. Great shots.
lonely_oryx 11 61 55 England
19 Jun 2008 9:50AM
Fascinating images. I like the comparison between #1 and #2
franken Plus
16 4.9k 4 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 10:00AM
Excellent series.

Guillaume 12 119 2 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 10:07AM
Excellent series JN. I really like the inclusion of the picture taken in 1895. #5 could almost passed for an old picture too. Very well processed.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2060 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 10:29AM
The 1895 picture is wonderful as a point of reference, so little seems to have changed. But it's V3 that appeals to me, the hint of movement, the purposeful stride - this is a man working and walking in the footsteps of his grandfather too.
jaktis 15 84 Sweden
19 Jun 2008 12:04PM
Looks better fed nowadays

taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
19 Jun 2008 12:53PM
These images, and your text add a new dimension to this series--- well gathered, emotionally charged -- timeless activity of two different cultural ideas-- -- well knitted in these wonderful images!

SRSmith 11 1 United States
19 Jun 2008 2:29PM
It's sounds like you had a fulfilling journey. Shots like this are in such contrast to the mechanized farms in the midwest here. Huge combines taller than a house. Still, when you talk to farmers here, they talk about the "dirt." Some things never do change.
GalleryGirl 11 4 2 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 3:48PM
Super images and write up. They are all super but I do have a favourite and that is V2.
Marilyn x
danbrann 14 640 17
19 Jun 2008 5:37PM
A wonderful series. I love the barefooted worker and we have the nerve to complain in this country.
Scaramanga Plus
11 57 6 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 8:21PM
Superb series.
piccy 13 8 Wales
19 Jun 2008 8:29PM
so different from farming in this country.
bayleaf 11 8 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 8:33PM
Another super set in this series

nickyv32 12 135 England
19 Jun 2008 11:20PM
Great set. No 1 for me.

20 Jun 2008 7:19AM
Very good series JeanNoel, particularly like no 2, as you say "timeless", fine work, Adrian
Sahyadri 11 61 2 India
20 Jun 2008 8:13AM
Beautiful ... i just love evry singleone ofthem.. came by yor gallery after a while and I am glad i did. Smile
janehewitt 15 215 1 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2008 11:02PM
Amazing series of images, love V3, the close up shot of the foot and plough Jane
crookymonsta Plus
11 840 10 England
21 Jun 2008 9:23PM
Great illustration of the timelessness there. What a very emotional journey you must have had. Sandra
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
22 Jun 2008 10:58PM
An excellent series of images depicting rural life and traditional farming methods

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