I got the idea of doing a photo walk from Kassie who did one in Hanoi earlier this year, until reading about Kassie’s experience the thought of doing a photowalk myself had never occurred to me but I am pretty certain it is something I will look into for future travels!
Anyway, I decided not to do the photowalk in Hanoi, even though Kassie (and others) gave it rave reviews, I simply didn’t think I would have enough time to do that as well as the other stuff we wanted to do as a family.
Instead I opted to do one in Hoi An because I had multiple days there and everything I had ever seen or read about Hoi An just made me want to photograph it.
I did a quick google search for photowalks and up popped Pieter of Hoi An Photo Walks, I made contact and just like that I was booked in!
We; Pieter, myself and the 5 other ‘photographers’ met first thing in the morning (from memory it was pretty early like 7am) at a cafe where we ordered some drinks, introduced ourselves and then Pieter talked us through camera settings.
If you are new to photography or still trying to get your head around the various settings of your camera then this part I can imagine is pretty invaluable. For myself, however, it wasn’t anything I didn’t already know; thats not to say I don’t have a lot to learn… I do, but I do have the basics sorted!
From here we started the actual photo walk, my favorite part!
What I loved about this tour is that Pieter took us AWAY from the touristy (although very beautiful) Old Town and rather we headed into the ‘backstreets’ for a more everyday look into the residents of Hoi An.
Along the way we would stop to chat with locals and if they allowed we would take some photos, we even visited a local school where the school kids got all hyped up from our presence; I am sure the teachers were pleased when we finally left.
Another thing worth mentioning about doing this photo walk with Pieter is that you don’t need to have a fancy camera, a cell phone will work just as well.
In fact I think doing the walk just to get a better glimpse into the local way of life is worth it in itself and Pieter, an expat from the Netherlands, is very knowledgable of not only Hoi An but also Vietnam.
After a couple of hours of walking the streets we headed back to the same coffee shop for a debrief.
Would you ever consider doing a photowalk while traveling?