Jason Kane has been living in Vietnam for six years and captures gorgeous portraits of the local population.
Kane, originally from Ireland, says the country is rich with photographic opportunities as it also offers dramatic landscapes.
He tells PetaPixel that Vietnam is “a very special place for any photographer.”
“The diversity throughout the country allows for a wealth of opportunity for striking visuals,” he says.
“In the busy cities and populated rural areas it is easy to get close to many friendly and welcoming people which can so often become your subject, and you are never too far from a beautiful landscape or a unique scene, traveling by motorbike is my preference to get amongst the rural landscapes.”
The intrepid photographer says it is best to make an effort to connect with a subject before taking their picture.
“Reactions can be mixed for sure, for anyone anywhere, we all feel differently about having a camera pointed at us,” he explains.
“For me, I make sure, or at least try to, interact with my subjects, to bring down that barrier and to have people and their environment welcome you into it, if I feel that’s not possible then I’d prefer to not be intrusive in any way.”
Kane says that he went so far as to learn the Vietnamese language to “get past those barriers.”
“The reaction to a westerner speaking the local language is almost always positive,” he adds.
Kane moved on to the Canon R after using a Canon 5D mark III.
“I love to shoot on old manual prime lenses, predominantly an 85mm or 50mm for street photography and portraits, and a trusty 24-105 EOS lens for landscapes,” he says.
“The prime manual lenses make me think a lot more about the light I shoot in, and there’s something almost romantic in it for me, holding onto that analog aspect of photography.”
Advice to Visting Photographers
Kane says it is best for any visiting camera enthusiast to have their instrument in hand at all times.
“The opportunities are endless and patience is key,” he explains.
“You may feel like you want to shoot everything at once, your senses can get overwhelmed here, so slow down, step back and see what lies behind the surface of what can often be chaotic.”
Image credits: All photos by Jason Kane.