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The Haircut

Here’s a busy street in Hanoi, Vietnam–kind of an odd place to set up a barber shop–but, hey, why not? Talk about reducing overhead.

Only drawback to this quick and easy set up is that he’ll have to shut down really quick once rain starts falling.

Taking the picture was no picnic. I wanted to get closer in, but unfortunately the guy started waving his hand and shaking his head.

I thought about it for a second and decided to abide by the guy’s verbal language when I held up my camera.

A minute later, almost by instinct, I turned around and took a shot. He didn’t see me, although the ethics of my actions were definitely questionable.

The image was shot on film with a Canon Rebel. It was taken about ten years ago.

Speaking of Hanoi…it’s a wonderful place other than the anti-camera, street-side barbers. With a French flavor from the old colonial days, the place has practically gotten over the Vietnam War, which was over a generation ago. Most here weren’t even around to know about.

Hanoi Vietnam should be way up there on your list of places to go if you’re a street photographer. If you’ve never considered it, know that the food is good, the lodging is cheap, and the weather isn’t as hot as the southern part of the country. I’d give the place a 4.5/5.

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