Tiptoeing around the Can Cau Open Air Market in Northeastern Vietnam, Southeast Asia

Tiptoeing around the Can Cau Open Air Market in Northeastern Vietnam, Southeast Asia

Tiptoeing around the Can Cau Open Air Market in Northeastern Vietnam, Southeast Asia


“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.” – Diane Arbus


The Can Cau Market is Vietnam’s most authentic and isolated open-air market. It is held only on Saturday every week and is located about an hour drive from Bac Ha in Northeastern Vietnam and nine kilometers from the Chinese border.

From a photographer’s point of view the beauty of the market is the riot of colors from the clothing of the various ethnic hill tribe minorities, the most colorful being the Flower Hmong tribe. The only problem is that they are not too keen on being photographed by outsiders.

I really wanted to make a photograph of this elderly woman so when I asked her if I could take her photo (more like I put on a pantomime show since she did not speak English) she shook her head at me.

Later that morning I saw her again from a distance and I quickly switched from my Canon wide angle lens to my Canon 70-200 f/4 IS L telephoto lens to compose this photograph.

Yes, I felt like a little kid “tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies” taking this candid photograph.

I am a bad photographer! Send me to the timeout corner!

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Taken on: 5th May, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Sam Antonio Photography's page of Flickr

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