Attached is one of my (many) favorite film photos I took while on my trip to Vietnam. While I was there I took a series of both digital and film photos. Most of the photos I took ended up in B&W, to capture the solemn energy of the villages while privileged white people ran around with cameras. Feeling like a trespasser in someone else's culture, I made a great conscious effort to learn about the Vietnamese history and culture; as well as trying to embrace it myself. After this change in my perspective, I was able to take more colored photos. My favorite photo subjects were portraits of young and elderly people, as well as people practicing religion. While in Vietnam, I went to many different places of worship and felt very accepted in everyone, very exciting for a young atheist who's not so exposed to these kinds of things. It was such a mind altering experience and I believe my photography perfectly depicts my growth as an artist exploring a new culture.
Submitted to [Smiling Gecko: Through the Eyes of the Artist](smiling-gecko)