Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

It doesn’t happen to everyone, but when it does you immediately recognize it for what it is. It’s the feeling of your ideas about life and the world crashing around you; the paradigm shift that takes you from the dark to the light.

She lives on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City in a lean-to and makes rice paper from sunrise to sunset, every day. The weather is hot and humid, but it’s even hotter in her home. This is her life.

It’s one thing to read about different ways of life in National Geographic. It’s quite another to be standing in the middle of it.

And so a few shades of grey were added to my previously black and white worldview.

*These pictures were scanned from film originals, so the quality is less than ideal.

k.h. 2004

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