Photo story - Hanoi: In motion
From the break of dawn and into midnight hours, Hanoi, like most of Vietnams cities, seems to be moving in a chaotic ebb and flow of trade. When walking the streets, one wrong footing feels like an accident waiting to happen, including but not limited to at least a dozen overloaded motorbikes and 3 ladies carrying traditional shoulder pole baskets (quang ganh).
The truth is that this city is slowly getting used to the oblivious international tourist, and with the same grace that the motorbikes dodge each other, they swerve almost subconsciously out of the way of a stumbling traveller searching for an air-conditioned bar to escape the heat.
I found myself captivated by Hanoi's charm. The city is developing at an unbelievable rate, and even though the Old Quarter holds most of its authenticity, Westernisation and tourism is still visibly laying its claim to the district. Normally I would hate this, but if anything it adds a level of intrigue to the city. Its adapting and coexisting in a beautiful way, where culture and development fit hand in hand with its future.
Atmosphere is always the most challenging thing to capture, but for me the element of motion not only visibly but of interacting pasts and futures is what Hanoi really is about.