Five weeks in Hanoi allowed me to cut through the visual noise of a very compact and layered city, look past the iconic ladies in conical hats, men with too much stuff on their bike, Uncle Ho and Phở bò and find glimpses of everyday life, rustic beauty and an interesting mix of old and new.
Thick smog (created mostly by the burning off of rice fields) and extreme heat made the shooting conditions in Thailand a bit tough. Luckily the streets come alive when the sun goes down with people shopping, eating, travelling and in the case of Khao San Road drinking “very strong cocktail”. The cities and towns were also lit up and decorated in preparation for Songkran – the Thai New Year / Water Festival.
Assemblage artist Jangling Jack, based in Spencer on the Hawkesbury River, has taken his quirky found object / recycled art to the next level by adding lights and Aliens! I was lucky enough to give it a test run before it was set up at a local gig.
Keep an eye out for this piece and more at the Peats Ridge Festival this year.