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I had the opportunity to go to Vietnam again last November for a client I had previously worked with. We spent two weeks shooting video footage in various places throughout the country. The trip took us to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Hoi An as well as very briefly to Da Nang and Bangkok. Despite long hours every day, I managed to also shoot some film. Except for Da Nang, I had visited all these places in 2015 on a 7-week Southeast Asia trip with Seraina. They’re all very fascinating places, though, and I was happy to go back and see them from a different side: the large office spaces in skyscrapers, the hidden rooftop terraces, the great restaurants where the locals we worked with took us night after night.
I had published two posts about Vietnam as part of my 9-part Southeast Asia series (1, 2) with photos taken on a digital Canon (since I didn’t bring a film camera). I was and am clearly not happy with the photos from 2015. It’s nice to see the difference when compared to those 2017 photos. I’m much happier with those snapshots taken on an analog Leica M6. And even after my backpack containing the film rolls of five weeks’ travel was recently stolen in Mexico, I will still choose analog over digital without a doubt.