Friday, September 30, 2011

Temple Statues

(Near by) Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011 

(Near by) Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011  

(Near by) Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011 

Here are some of the enormous statues in the Buddhist temples.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Da Lat, Vietnam 2011 

Saigon, Vietnam 2011 

Saigon, Vietnam 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


(Near by) Ben Tre, Vietnam 2011 

 (Near by) Ben Tre, Vietnam 2011 

 (Near by) Ben Tre, Vietnam 2011 

(Near by) Ben Tre, Vietnam 2011 

One of the most pleasant sights I remember from the back of the motorcycle were the flood of children all dressed in uniform going to school and leaving school whether it was the beginning of the school day, lunch time, or the end of the school day.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Meat Market

Da Lat, Vietnam 2011 

Da Lat, Vietnam 2011 

I don't know if these pictures need a caption, but its a part of the Da Lat sky/farmer's market. These people were beside these fish sellers.

Monday, September 26, 2011

6x6 Medium Format

Nha Trang, Vietnam 2011

Saigon, Vietnam 2011

I spent most of today changing out strips of film from the film scanner and reading philosophy in-between. I am absolutely awe-struck at how amazing photographs look on 6x6 Kodak Ektar 100 film!!! ...I also think I will never use Kodak Portra VC again... Not because Ektar is so amazing (which it is), but because I just don't like how Portra looks.

After scanning in medium format all day and then some 35mm at the end, I don't know if I can go back to shooting 35mm anymore... But I can't afford shooting medium format here in the states (it costs too much to develop.) *Sigh*

In other news, keep an eye out for me in the next edition of Carleton College's The Voice. Unfortunately this means I cannot release my super cheesy Vietnam-voice-over-montage until that edition of The Voice comes out.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Second Sunday at Carleton

(Near by) Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011 

(Near by) Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

So thumbs up to the new Ideas Lab and PEPS in the Weitz Center -- lots of great equipment, a nice set-up, and knowledgeable-enough people. Thumbs down (well, more sad face) to being closed Saturday and only open from 6-11pm Sunday.

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

Left if a fishing net in the middle of the ocean. It's left above the water to dry and stay clean. Right is the owner of a well-off farm-side restaurant that (shoot! I forgot the word...) "grows" their own shrimp, crab, clams, mussels, and all sorts of other seafood. She's the owner from the shrimp robbery story.

In other news, I just finished a 3 minute montage with a particularly cheesy voice over for Carleton's Media Relations. Got to use my Adobe After Effects know-how, my very finite Final Cut Pro knowledge, and the new Ideas Lab in the Weitz Center (lots of cool toys!) Expect a post with a link sometime next week!

Friday, September 23, 2011


Bao Loc, Vietnam 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011


 Buddhist Temple in Da Lat

Catholic Church in Qui Nhon

Back to the knee doctor today. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Monks and Pagodas

 Qui Nhon, Vietnam 2011

Da Lat, Vietnam 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Top picture is a market place in Da Lat (Vietnam's Highlands) -- they're selling fish. Bottom is a market by Cho Lon in Saigon.

Monday, September 19, 2011


Top pictures is the son, bottom is the mom. At 61 years old, he's a retired scuba-diver-fisherman. Mom stays on the island during the day and then returns to the mainland at night. It's their island because they've been there the longest -- no formal papers, no money exchange. Today, they let tourists come, drink, and rest in hammocks for about $5 USD a day.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Labor in Vietnam usually isn't worth much relative to The States and embroiderers aren't much of an exception. This embroiderer above is 18 years old, with about one year's experience. It's a full-time job -- 8 hours a day, 6 days a week. Depending on the complicity, each piece can take from a few months to several years. Here's a few other pictures:

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Aikido Master

Aikido master in the dojo I visited in Vietnam. Guns are banned in Vietnam and life is a little grittier in Saigon. Many of my cousins told me stories of being bullied as a little kid. They then took martial arts classes, fought someone at school (which is really common -- people test their strengths all the time), and then were finally left alone. Long story short, a large portion of the population (in Saigon at least) know martial arts. One of my cousins have been studying Aikido for over 6 years.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Here's the same scene from yesterday's post. Different ship, different time of day.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Here's another one I just found taken in Nha Trang, Vietnam. I had to do some post processing to remove some swimmers. Also added a faux depth of field by adding a blue -- but I like the look of that effect.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Family Genes

Com'on, their expressions couldn't get much more similar. Taken from the back of a 100cc motorcycle on the streets of Saigon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

First Day of Classes

This portrait is from Da Lat markets in the highlands. I had to ask a lot of locals if I was allowed to take their picture before I got a yes. She's cutting up a stack of vegetables to sell in the open market (kind of like a farmer's market).

First day of classes for me today. About 6 hours of classes Tues and Thurs, and every other day off.

Monday, September 12, 2011


This shot was suppose to be on Carleton's 2012 calendar, but this part of the arboretum isn't suppose to flood like in the picture and so they had to take it out in the end.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Jet Lag in Northfield

Back at Northfield, this time with roommates again. Still trying to adjust to the 12 hour time zone difference. It's trickier because I took naps after lunch in VIetnam to hide from the heat. That means night time is nap time over here, so I don't have trouble falling asleep but trouble staying asleep.

This photo might look familiar from here. I was going through some old photos and found this one. I really like the mood in these photos, but overall they just aren't working. Not exactly sure why though. Maybe its the pose?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A+ to the Target in Knollwood

Picture taken from the 8th floor balcony of a hotel in Nha Trang, Vietnam.

Picked up my film from Target by Knollwood Mall off Hwy 7 yesterday. 99 cents per roll plus tax for developing. No visible scratches AND they included a free contact sheet with all the frames! This makes shooting 35mm quite affordable :)

Friday, September 9, 2011


Yesterday Andy Freeland commented, "title says walmart, post says walgreens....WHERE DID YOU DROP THEM!?!?!" The answer is neither. I intended to go to Walgreens but then they asked for $5 per roll. On my walk home I dropped by Target. 99 cents per roll and they personally called me about the details of the film :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011


About to drop off some 35mm color negative rolls of film at Walgreens. I'll let you know how it turns out...

Pictures are snapshots from the back of a motorcycle around Ben Tre, Vietnam.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

And now in Mounds View

I skyped Vietnam last night from 9:30pm-2:30am from my aunts house. In the middle of it my uncle came home from work. He's recently relocated to Mounds View from Vietnam. Skipping everything in between he says that life was better in Vietnam: He and his wife had a better job, worked less hours, and had more fun. But there's a brighter future for his children here.

During my 7-week vacation in Vietnam little did I know that two households within the extended family moved to Mounds View for a total of 12 aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces within the area. Coming back from a family-culture like Vietnam, this was a very pleasant surprise.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Back in St. Louis Park

About 20 mins after this shot was taken, it stormed so hard I couldn't see 5 feet in front of me. It's taken from the highest mountain peak in Da Lat. Here's another [not as great?] view from that peak:

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Good Bye Vietnam

A 7-week father-son vacation in Vietnam and we successful (and surprisingly) stayed within budget. Easily the most life-changing trip yet. New perspectives on old subjects, new life-long bonds between family and friends, and a greater understanding of my parents' teachings. Maybe it will all soak in during my 26 hour journey back to the states, which starts with locking the gates of my Father's childhood home located right in the heart of Saigon.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Last Day in Gò Vấp

I have about 6 more hours here in Gò Vấp -- where about 12 of my cousins live. After this I'll be returning to Chợ Lớn for the last day and a half of my stay in Vietnam. It's been a wonderful and life-changing experience. It's not quite over yet, but here's the best and worst: Best is meeting so much of my family. I met about 18 cousins and about 9 super-close family friends here. The worst is knowing that one of my cousins here is working for about $2.50 (USD) a day, 8 hour days, 7 days a week.