Reclined man, 2010
Digital C Print, Dimensions Variable
I have been making portraits at night in the streets of Long Bien in Hanoi, Vietnam for over a year. When I began, I was interested in making work that required creating some kind of relationship and collaboration to produce an image. As a westerner living in a very homogeneous Asian society, I am very distinct and very noticed wherever I am. As a photographer here, there is only the illusion and rarely the actual possibility of being an invisible observer. In making these portraits I’ve endeavored to work noticed. Given my background as a cinematographer, it also seemed closer to my interests and experience to bring lighting to bear as an element in this work – a studio in the streets. I also had in mind to embrace a middle distance with the camera while at the same time looking for some small nuance of the person and of the place and the time within the frame.