My “secret” street photography tactic to photographing locals

My “secret” street photography tactic to photographing locals

My “secret” street photography tactic to photographing locals


“When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!” – Ted Grant

The charming city of Dalat is nestled in the hills of the Central Highlands of Vietnam. It became a popular hill town with the French who wanted to escape the heat and humidity of the city.

It is a popular coffee growing region, as a result of the altitude, and it was at a coffee plantation where I met this smiling woman.

People have asked how I am able to get intimate portraits of the locals when I travel, especially when I do not speak their language. A warm smile and multiple hand and facial gestures can go a long way.

This elderly woman may have looked like she really enjoyed staring down the barrel of my wide angle lens.

She was only screaming and cursing at me a couple of seconds before I took this photo. I couldn’t tell you what she was saying because it was all in Vietnamese.

I had to resort to one of my secret street photography tactics…I stuck my tongue out at her.

She laughed hysterically and I was able to photograph her “soul” during this brief moment in time.

Yeah, I am crazy like that.

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Taken on: 14th April, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Sam Antonio Photography's page of Flickr

Read more about Da Lat

Unabashedly kitsch, Da Lat tends to either charm or repulse. The town's penchant for Disneylandesque attractions leaves many scratching their head. For others however, the stunning rural scenery, cool climate and somewhat avant-garde student scene more than compensate for the undeniably appalling taste displayed across Da Lat, the capital of Vietnam's Lam Dong province.

The town was established in 1897 after explorers decided it would make a fine resort centre. At the time, the region formed a part of French Cochinchina and offered an ideal escape from the steaming delta plains of Saigon. With an altitude of 1,500m, an average temperature of just 17 degrees Celsius and dawns often bathed in early-morning mist, it's easy to see what lured the early explorers, including bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin, whose name you'll see adorning street signs across Vietnam.

The first hotels appeared in the early 20th century and within a relatively short span of time the ... Read our complete Da Lat travel guide

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