Scouting Locations in Saigon

If you’re on the lookout for places to shoot models in Saigon that are safe, quiet and won’t break the bank, here are a few suggestions. The Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts in district 1 (above), built in the early 20th century by a French architect, has some lovely light. Admission for… Read More

30/4 Park Rushes

It’s been too long since I’ve posted any new videos, so here’s a peek at the first minute and-a-half of a mini-documentary I’m working on about young people in and around 30/4 Park in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. One thing I discovered is that when converting the ProRes 422 files to QuickTime H.264 using… Read More

Lunar New Year Vietnam 2014

Phuong, a 21 year-old accounting major studying in Saigon, invited me to spend the Tet holiday in her hometown in Dak Lak province. Located in the Central Highlands, the region is noted for its coffee plantations and a sizable population of ethnic minorities. To get there, you have to catch a bus at Mien Dong… Read More

Sunday Afternoon in the Park

There are always loads of photographers in and around the park, especially on weekends: wedding photographers, amateurs, fashion photographers and television crews. Last weekend, I had the good luck to run into Thanh, a cameraman with VTV, a Vietnamese broadcasting network. I arrived at the park at around three in the afternoon, where they’d been… Read More

30/4 Park Revisited

I recently added a new tool to my arsenal – a handheld stabilizer that goes simply by the name of Hand Held. I have no idea where it’s manufactured. The Freefly MōVI it is not, but then again, it doesn’t carry a $15,000 price tag either. It’s elegantly crafted from brushed aluminum (no plastic!), with leather for… Read More