FEW COUNTRIES IN Asia come with as much baggage as Vietnam, and yet few are as alluring. As part of this month’s Photography Issue, we asked Aaron Joel Santos for a portfolio that depicts the country from top to bottom: its vivid colors and unimaginably beautiful settings, people and food. As with any good travel story, the result, “North to South” (page 94), should inspire you to visit the country, every corner of it. Vietnam is changing fast.
Of course, a camera is a great introduction to any destination. So, we asked a few of our photographers for their insider tips when it comes to seeing your journeys through a lens or on a LCD screen (“Raise Your Travel Photo Game,” page 71). Bangkok-based Leigh Griffiths summed up his approach, whether in a big city or off in the wilds: “I want people to feel like they are experiencing the same moment that I have.”
That we’re all photographers these days isn’t lost on Scott A. Woodward, who just won another award for his iPhone photography (check out page 76 for the winning snap). Obviously more compact than a regular camera— though don’t rule those out either—a smartphone is always at the ready. I’ve witnessed Scott take a quick photo of a Japanese priest in full garb on an Osaka subway, the result being worthy of hanging on your wall at home. Another perfect travel memory.
The Golden Gate Bridge, from below.