Belgian travel photographer Kevin Faingnaert recently spent time traveling through northern Vietnam, soaking in the atmosphere of this Southeast Asian gem. As the series moves from bustling cities to the lush, green countryside, Faingnaert brings us along for the journey. Faingnaert’s skill as a travel photographer shines through in his ability to weave a visual narrative that drifts between Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, and Mu Cang Chai.
Faingnaert, whose work has been featured in AFAR, Wired, and Outdoor Magazine, uses his signature style to tie together the series. Warm, slightly desaturated colors give the imagery a timeless feel present in much of his work. By focusing on daily life, the photographer presents small vignettes that give a fully realized vision of Vietnam as a whole. From diligently harvesting rice to getting a shave at an outdoor barber, these ordinary life events become art under Faingnaert’s watchful eye.
Mixed with these scenes are breathtaking views of the Vietnamese landscape. Emerald rice terraces are juxtaposed with the beauty of Halong Bay, each individual photograph demonstrating the unforgettable nature found in Vietnam. By mixing and matching city life and rural life, Faingnaert gives us the opportunity to view all aspects of Vietnamese culture.
Faingnaert calls himself a social documentary photographer who blends landscape, reportage, and portrait photography. His portraits help create an emotional connection with his work, while the landscapes help paint a picture of the overall environment these people live in.
Why does he continue to photograph his travels? “Making photo stories is the only way I’m able to share my ideas and feelings on a certain topic,” he shares. “When I’m traveling, I need friends around me to share moments with. It’s the first thing I miss when traveling alone. So making pictures is a way to fill this gap and share my moments.”
Travel photographer Kevin Faingnaert spent a significant amount of time photographing life in northern Vietnam.
He calls his mix of landscapes and portraits “social documentary photography.”
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