Hà Nội Streets | Tewfic El-Sawy
If there’s anywhere that lives life on the street, it’s Hanoi.
So here is a gallery of 12 monochrome photographs made in its streets. For these I used my [amazon_link id=”B006UV6YMQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Fuji X Pro-1[/amazon_link] and the [amazon_link id=”B006UL00U8″ target=”_blank” locale=”US” container=”” container_class=”” ]Fujinon 18mm f2.0 lens[/amazon_link] and most were shot from the hip. I didn’t know this while on my last month’s photo expedition-workshop, but it’s said that Hanoi’s Old Quarter consists of 36 streets (in reality, there’s almost twice that number), each originally named for a traditional trade, and those eventually forming guilds. For instance, Hàng Muối (salt) Street was where the salt traders converged to sell their ware. Not surprising, since Hanoi’s Old Quarter has a history that spans 2,000 years.This has now changed to a great extent, with some exceptions such as Hang Bac street (which I walked up and down many times) and that was and still is where goldsmiths and silversmiths plied their craft/trade. Most street names in the Old Quarter start with the word Hàng. Hàng means merchandise or shop. In Vietnamese, the formal term for street is đường phố; the latter word not be confused with its delicious signature soup, but which is a staple of its streets.
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