I had just spotted this challenge on another blog, I like things that have a history, nature has the nack of helping things communicate it, by eroding and rotting away concrete, wood and metal, the seemingly permanent materials we make our cities with degrade surprisingly quick when deluges of water and people run against them, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam was a fine place to capture this.
Looking through my photos, I chose the following “worn and weathered” photos, this is one of the things that really attracted me, keeping me in Ho Chi Minh city for 4 years, and maybe I’ll be back there one day soon to enjoy the city and elements. The weather is quite extreme, with a constant heat of around 30 celcius and a rainy season may to October, which regularly results in floods, nature is a very strong force there, spend a few hours beside the turbulent Saigon River to get a good sense of this, nature is really apparent as a provider and enforcer, in the region.
A streetside cafe, with the newly introduced Burger King in the background, a fairly recent addition to the city, there were very few, perhaps on one or two, when I first arrived in 2014 and many exist now, spotted throughout the city when I left in 2017.
Close to where I lived in the suburbs, amount the low rise neighbourhoods, featuring lots of trees, street side fruit and vegetable stalls and local restaurants and cafes, coffe being very popular in the south. On the South of Saigon River is this neighbourhood, particularly interesting for its historical longevity, much of the city seems to have gone through constant change, due to the nature of buildings, being less long lasting and in need of regular maintenance, along with the introduction of wealth allowing for upgrades, being a fast growing economy, people are naturally moving forward, improving living conditions and this is all happening at a very fast rate, it will be interesting, if not a little daunting to return in a few years time, to see all the changes that will no doubt have taken place.
Thanks for reading, Sam.