Hung Phan  

A Miserable lady in Saigon, Viet Nam by Hung Phan

April 2021 - A Miserable lady in Saigon, Viet Nam

About the Image(s)

A few years ago, I visited my country, I saw one old lady pushing a handicap bike. I took this shot.
I used a small camera Sony NX6. Mode: Aperture.
Please give me your comments.
I appreciate them.

7 comments posted

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
This is a great image. I only wish you had been able to maybe run up ahead and catch her walking toward you. I'm sure her face might have been a great photo as well.   Posted: 04/01/2021 19:26:35

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
This image tells quite a story. I like that the lady is offset to the right so that she is pushing the handicap bike INTO the image. Additional drama is created by the only puddle of water in the scene, and she's heading straight for it.
The motorscooter riders also add to the story.
I also like the texture of the brickwork on the lower left corner.
Well done!   Posted: 04/01/2021 21:12:06

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
I think this is a great image. I would take out some of the left side by cropping in tight to the puddle of water. I agree with Shirley that i wish you had had the chance to photograph her from the front. Her face could tell a story too.   Posted: 04/02/2021 07:40:04

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
This is a great image. I like Jaqueline's suggestion to crop into the left side of the puddle as it would remove the doorway and motorbike at the top left. I like that you captured her in the right third of the image, giving her space to walk into the frame. I wonder if you flipped this image horizontally if it would feel more natural, having her walk from left to right rather than right to left. Initially, I thought the same as Beverly in that I wonder what she looks like, but not seeing her face tells its own story. Nicely done!   Posted: 04/02/2021 11:32:58

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Interesting image with story and good lighting, possibly close to sunset/sunrise. I would leave your possible journalistic intention to show life as is and not crop vey much. Portraying the woman alone could be a different project.   Posted: 04/03/2021 13:28:28

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Hung you did well to catch this image of the lady. Street photography is always a challenge.
It is easy to speak in hindsight, but maybe if you had approached her, paid her a couple of Dong, asked her to retrace her steps while you moved infront of her to take the image of her coming towards you and even catching her reflection in the puddle.
As it is, it is a great image with a story to tell. I like the way she is pushing the chair into the empty space. Well done.   Posted: 04/03/2021 21:33:32

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Another great photo journalist shot, Hung. It tells a story so well. Great colors, sharp, action. I wouldn't change a thing--and hope she missed the puddle.   Posted: 04/10/2021 16:43:16


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