BLOGS / AARON JOEL SANTOS
From Hanoi, the Beginning of Something
Hello. Hi. Xin chao. Bonjour. Aloha. Etc. I'm never really sure how to start these things off. Blogs that is. They lend themselves better to time and effort and begin with something of a leap of faith. So here it all goes. Things will build smoother once we've set some sort of foundation. For now it's probably best that I just say a few words and then leave the images to linger. My name is Aaron. I'm a photographer. I live in Hanoi. I ramble. And I guess I blog, though I hate that verb.
As with most of my ideas, this one is starting out pretty broad: a dumping ground for smaller vignettes from the capital and elsewhere, shown mostly through photographs and short writings. I've lived in Vietnam for three years now, yet being a photographer I'm constantly challenged to continue seeing the country through fresh, unjaded eyes. So I'm trying hard to see and show things in a different light. On that front I'll probably mostly fail. But that's fine. We're just here for the ride.
I took all of these images in one day in Hanoi. Yesterday I think. It's amazing what's out there. From temples to spas to a place called "Babe Wash". A man doing his morning exercises on road blockades, snake wine in Le Mat Village, Cot Co Tower, miniatures of war and a young man having a cigarette out of the bus window. All part of that great confusing fabric that is Vietnam. It was a good day. Hopefully this kind of variety will be indicative of what will be found here. Until then.