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Vittorio and Steve's photographic journey through Vietnam

On Friday 9th February, Vittorio Silvestri and Steve Haydon joined us in the clubroom and took us on a captivating journey through Vietnam, documenting the country's rich culture and stunning landscapes as they travelled from Can Tho to Sapa. Their exploration began in Can Tho, located in the heart of the Mekong Delta. As they ventured through this bustling city, they captured the vibrant floating markets and the daily lives of the locals as they went about their traditional activities along the picturesque waterways.

From Can Tho, Vittorio and Steve made their way to Ho Chi Minh City. Here, they delved into the city's rich history, photographing its historical landmarks, bustling streets, and lively atmosphere. The contrast between the modern cityscape and the remnants of the Vietnam War provided them with a plethora of compelling subjects to capture.

Continuing northward, the photographers arrived in the enchanting town of Hoi An, renowned for its well-preserved Ancient Town. They immersed themselves in the town's timeless beauty, encapsulating its charming architecture, lantern-lit streets, and the vibrant tapestry of daily life that unfolded against the backdrop of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

The next stop on their itinerary was Hanoi, the bustling capital of Vietnam. Here, the photographers were captivated by the city's unique blend of ancient traditions and modern development. They trained their lenses on Hanoi's elegant pagodas, bustling street markets, and the rhythmic flow of life in the city's vibrant alleyways.

Leaving the urban landscape behind, Vittorio and Steve set their sights on the natural splendor of Ha Long Bay. The otherworldly karst formations rising from the emerald waters provided them with a mesmerizing canvas for their photography, capturing the ethereal beauty of this area.

Their journey culminated in the remote mountainous region of Bac Ha and Sapa, where they were greeted by the spectacular terraced rice fields and the colorful attire of the local ethnic minorities. Against the backdrop of the mist-shrouded mountains, they documented the timeless traditions of the indigenous communities, creating a visual narrative that celebrated the harmony between humanity and nature.

In conclusion, through their lens, Vittorio Silvestri and Steve Haydon have transported us on a visual odyssey through the diverse tapestry of Vietnam, showcasing the country's cultural richness and natural beauty in a way that is both captivating and deeply evocative.

On behalf of Bangor and North Down Camera Club I would like to thank Vittorio and Steve for their time and sharing their images and stories, giving us all an insight to this fascinating country. 

Friday 16th February is our fifth and final NIPA competition, which is an open round. 

Leanne Simpson


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