Vietnam Photographer Aaron Joel Santos | Editorial, Documentary, and Travel Photographs | Vietnam | Thailand | Laos | Cambodia | Southeast Asia: Vietnam | Past & Present
And for all the ambiguities of Vietnam, all the mysteries and unknowns, there was at least the single abiding certainty that they would never be at a loss for things to carry.
Vietnam is at a critical junction, balanced precariously between its past and present, trying to maintain its culture and identity while integrating further into the global economy. Rice fields and farmlands are being overtaken by new highways, skyscrapers, and industrial areas. The lakes and rivers for which the capital was once known are drying up and suffering from increased levels of pollution. And urban farmers who have relied on their families' lands for generations are being slowly edged off their fields in the name of progress.
Hanoi, a once-sleepy city on the banks of the Red River, is now a growing metropolis with millions of people living within its borders. The people portrayed here comprise a small but important part of the population. There is a history worn on their faces. Theirs is a way of life struggling to survive. This is Vietnam's new urban landscape: at once steeped in history and battling its inevitable surge into modernity.