Beautiful Vietnam
Hanoi at night
  • By Thien Lam | | December 15, 2012 12:25 PM

Sébastien Laval, a French photographer has spent six years working on his set of photos depicting Hanoi at nighttime, being dislayed at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street, Hanoi.

The photos show both the silence of the streets and the life which hides behind closed doors.

Explaining why he chose the time from 6pm to 6am to take photos, Sébastien Laval said, “6pm is the time for people to stop their work to return home, so the streets are often very crowded. But, later, the streets become more deserted. 6:00 a.m is the time for them to leave home for work. Between 6pm and 6am is the time for Hanoians to take a rest after a working day and this period is very beautiful to take photos.”

Mr. Le Ha, an elderly visitor, said the photos show a profound view of different aspects of the life in Hanoi. The collection is not portrait-oriented, however many photos capture intimate images of people.

The photos that make up the the exhibition were taken between 2007 and 2012, and are called called "Hanoi 18h/6h". The exhibition will last until January 13, 2012.

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