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Old Quarter, Hanoi. Vietnam, 2011

Welcome to the month of March everyone.  We survived February and so in just a few weeks it’ll be springtime.  Can the beginning of the baseball season be far away???
It being March, I’m reminded that it was a year ago that I made my second trip to Vietnam.  Even though I see that I’ve scanned some negatives from the trip, I can only remember posting two of them here on the blog.  I may have posted some of the others, so I guess I’ll need to look over my posts from the past year to see. Either way, the amount that I have scanned is still pretty small.
So, I decided to scan something new, and one in particular from Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city.
I can still remember first coming to Vietnam on my first trip there in 2006.  My group had begun the day in Luang Namtha, Laos, from where we took an hour and a half flight on a small Chinese-made plane (I had to leave my 20 pound camera bag on my lap for the duration because there was no place else to put it) down to the Lao capital, Vientiane.  From there we flew on a nice jet to Hanoi.
Upon entering the new terminal, one thing immediately caught my eye:  a large banner greeting us that read “Vietnam prefers VISA.”  If Vietnam is now proudly proclaiming the Visa card, I asked myself, did we really lose the war???
Well, I chose today’s photo to show that Visa is not alone.  Here’s a bunch of buildings in the Old Quarter of Hanoi.  Can you see what logo is on top of that awning?  You got it – MasterCard!  Whichever card you’ve got, feel safe in the knowledge that you’ll be able to use it today in Vietnam.

I also scanned the previous negative that I had shot.  The top photo shows a lot of motorbikes lined, so I thought I’d show a few in action, too.
You can’t see it with the photo sized this way, but the bottom photo includes a sign which bears the letters for – you guessed it – the Visa card.

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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