Full series available until August 2023
Not many people get to say that their first motorbike trip was going up the cold, misty mountains in Vietnam to get to a market, but I can. It was experiences like this that woke up the adventurer in me. Was I scared? Yes, I was really quite nervous prior to taking off - only a few of us decided to saddle onto motorbikes with drivers, but I remember just laughing and feeling that sense of freedom one gets when you let go and allow yourself to live in the moment.
In 2010, I had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam with a photo group. It wasn't my first trip abroad to study with documentary filmmaker and photographer Nance Ackerman, but this particular trip awakened the traveller in me.
At that point in my life, I resided in Montreal, having moved there after graduating from NSCAD University with my Photography degree, working as a Junior Graphic Designer in a clothing manufacturing company and was experiencing a creative block. Upon my return from Vietnam, I made the decision to relocate to Toronto and dedicate myself fully to photography. By taking a Fashion Photo course at Ryerson to refresh myself in the lighting studio and incorporating techniques and a journalistic style, I have shaped my work into what it is today.
I would like to present a selection of the images I captured while exploring Vietnam. From the mountains and the vibrant Flower Tribe market to the serene rice fields and beyond, my time in Vietnam provided a profound insight into cultures outside of North America.