In Search of Serendipity, photo essay by Nathaniel Soon
As young, 19 year-old aspiring photojournalist, my greatest pleasure is to be able to explore new places without restrictions. To me, there’s nothing more cathartic than wandering around the streets or into narrow alleys with a camera in hand.
And so, I planned a rather spontaneous trip to Vietnam earlier this year. Most of my journey was by foot, though I got the eye-opening experience of travelling on an overnight sleeper train from Hanoi to the rural province of Lào Cai.
There was hardly an itinerary and my aim was simply to explore a new, unfamiliar place. Despite being there for a mere four days, I got to see both the modern and rural sides of the country. I don’t normally say this about places I visit (as I don’t believe in going to the same place twice), but I certainly wouldn’t mind returning — the cool weather, extremely hospitable locals, beautiful sights and sounds and many serendipitous moments made this journey one to remember.
(by Nathaniel Soon)