Maybe it’s just me but black and white photos are really cool! During the 12 years I lived in Tokyo, one of my favorite things to do on the weekend was to see the latest exhibition at the fabulous Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, which was just a short walk from my apartment.
Often in my travels, with scenes I especially like, I’ll switch my camera over to monochrome mode and take a few shots (in addition to a number of color photos). While the black and white shots were generally the second priority, when I look over the photos later they are often my favorite shots of the scene, and over time I’ve taken more and more of these.
The cityscape of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi is much older and more traditional than that of Saigon, the business center in the south where I live. The moody, atmospheric street scenes of Hanoi are perfect for black and white, and I realized the photos I took during my first trip there would be a good way to share some of the monochrome photos in my collection (of more than 90,000 total photos according to my backup software).
Here are my favorite black and white photos of Hanoi and of two of the most popular side trip destinations from the city, Halong Bay and Sapa.
I hope you enjoy them!