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Harold Davis

Creative vision, quality, and craft in photography and digital art

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Nets in Halang Bay

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:34:20 +0000

Amid the vast floating towns of Halang Bay, everyone seems to be casting nets. In some cases these are part of the floating homes themselves. At night, the lights go on, the nets go down via a winch, and the fish wander into the nets and are caught. Fishing boats, like the one shown in […]

Cat Ba Island Sunset

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:32:41 +0000

The day started slowly. The drive from Hanoi to Halang City seemed interminable. We passed endless rows of the gritty Vietnamese version of strip malls, factories, and Soviet-era coal-fired power plants, all in an overcast haze compounded by the emissions of millions of motorcycles and diesel trucks. There didn’t seem to be a single green […]

Lady in a Local Market

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:50:38 +0000

Driving the long route back towards Hanoi from Meo Vac there was a vibrant market going on in a dusty hinterland Vietnamese mountain town. Eric and I asked our guide and driver to stop our car, and wandered the market with our cameras. Evidently, this was not a place on the beaten track. We were as […]

Mountains near Meo Vac

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:49:21 +0000

The mountains near Meo Vac are in an area untraveled until recently that abuts the Chinese-Vietnam border. These mountains are unusual and spectacular, with high and narrow roads. A permit is still required to visit the area, and there is no public transportation. I have many impressions of this dream-like landscape, and will be posting […]

Flower Hmong Girl

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:40:47 +0000

We drove along the mountains roads in the northern tribal country of Vietnam. Whenever there was a particularly nice vista of distant mountains and terraced rice farming, we’d stop for a photo (of these photos, more later!). Often, Eric and I would set up our tripods for the landscape images. We met many local people while […]

Rice Paddies with Reflected Tree

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:54:54 +0000

Hmong Street Vendor

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:08:45 +0000

Sapa is a hill town in the mountainous north of Vietnam fairly near the Chinese border. It’s been known as a resort since the French founded a military sanitarium here around 1900 as a relief from the tropical heat of most of the Vietnamese country. The rugged area around Sapa is home to a number […]

Thap Rua

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:48:32 +0000

Thap Rua—Turtle Tower—is a structure in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake, an island of peace in the bustle of downtown Hanoi. The Turtle Tower is linked to an ancient legend of a magical sword, a powerful Dragon who helped defeat Chinese invaders, and the protective Golden Turtle God.

Imminent Death by Motorcycle

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:13:34 +0000

Hanoi is a fascinating city—vibrant, prosperous, and ramshackle all at once. Stepping outside means risking imminent death by motorcycle. The only way to cross a street is to head across at a steady pace, hoping that the vehicular calculations of relative velocity versus future positioning in time and space match your own. There is no […]

Long Bien Bridge

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:55:22 +0000

The Long Bien Bridge stretches across the Red River from Hanoi, Vietnam. It is a cantilevered iron structure designed in the studio of Gustav Eiffel. Strategically important because it connects the port of Haiphong with Hanoi, it was extensively bombed during the US-Vietnamese war. Exploring Hanoi with my friend Eric, we decided to try to […]