Lost in Thought in Vietnam

May 30, 2018

Cindy Carlsson

How the Photo was Taken

This photo was taken with my Nikon D610, using my favorite lens, a 24-120 Nikon zoom. It was edited in Lightroom, mostly to bring out detail in the shadows.

Photo Location

This picture was taken on November 23, 2015, on our last day in Sapa, Vietnam. That afternoon we ate at a beautiful restaurant staffed by Red Dao women dressed in their intricate traditional clothing. Since we were eating a rather late lunch, the restaurant was really quiet. I shot this candid portrait of the hostess while she was gazing out the window waiting for more customers. I love the timelessness of this image. But more than that, it reminds me how Vietnam’s ethnic minorities are figuring out how to hold on to their culture and find their own place in a rapidly changing world. As a traveler, I appreciate being able to experience other cultures. I especially appreciate it when I know long-held cultural traditions are part of today’s world, and not just relics that are taken out of the closet to please tourists.

About the Author

Cindy Carlsson

I’m a travel photographer and writer from Minnesota. Along with a general fascination for the world’s beauty and variety, I have a particular interest in how cultures shape and are shaped by the landscape they inhabit. When I’m not traveling, I’m sharing my discoveries at www.ExplorationVacation.net.

Website : https://explorationvacation.net/

Twitter : @TravelgalCindy

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