Telling sto­ries with pic­tures

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Traàn Tuaán Vieät is an up-and­com­ing pho­tog­ra­pher. No other pho­tog­ra­pher in the coun­try has had as many photos recog­nised by the on­line pho­to­graphic com­mu­nity of Na­tional Ge­o­graphic magazine.

Traàn Tuaán Vieät started photography af­ter study­ing ar­chi­tec­ture and work­ing in IT.

He be­lieves his pic­tures are a way of telling sto­ries.

Visual sto­ry­telling “is not a photography but a to in­for­ma­tion,” Vieät stressed.

“I sto­ry­telling to con­vey sto­ries and my through pho­to­graphs,” he

in an email

“They could be land­scapes, daily-life or photos… with sto­ries be­hind them.”

Hu­mans are the main of Vieät’s photos. His Daily Dozen photos fo­cused on Viet­namese peo­ple dur­ing their daily rou­tines.

Mak­ing In­cense, his most wide­ly­known work to date, a woman in the process of dry­ing in­cense at a craft village in Haø Noäi. Ly­ing around her are bunches of in­cense sticks turned up­side down, look­ing vi­brant with their red and pink colours.

Vieät said it took him four months of email­ing back and forth and an­swer­ing tons of ques­tions from

ed­i­tors be­fore the photo made it to

“I’m so pleased to have an of Vieät Nam fea­tured in such a global magazine,” he said of the photo.

“I had a lot of friends telling me via Face­book that they saw copies of the magazine in Ja­pan, the US, the UK, and ask­ing me whether I wanted them to bring me a copy,” he added. “Those lit­tle com­ments made me happy.”

The achieve­ment had a mean­ing for the pho­tog­ra­pher.

“It helped me un­der­stand more about the values of visual sto­ry­telling, about my and the di­rec­tion I want to go,” he said. “It did not cre­ate pres­sure for me but quite the it me a lot.”

Vieät’s ef­forts won praise from his

who in his suc­cess.

A pho­tog­ra­pher with more than 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, Nguyeãn Long Höng, said: “The fact that Vieät has 26 photos fea­tured on

is very mean­ing­ful. He has helped Viet­namese cul­ture to the world, and such an achieve­ment is very for pho­tog­ra­phers at his age.

“The top­ics Vieät chose for his photos were noth­ing new and had been done times over the but he’s got a fresh

he added.

“His achieve­ment is a great en­cour­age­ment for young pho­tog­ra­phers, be­cause judges at in­ter­na­tional photo con­tests tend to be fairer and do not let per­sonal re­la­tion­ships with their job.”

Nam Nguyeãn, 25, a photography stu­dent from the Martin Luther Uni­ver­sity of Halle-Wit­ten­berg in Ger­many, is im­pressed by the photos’ high values.

“They look nice. The is good, he has put a lot of thought into them,” he said. “He has edit­ing soft­ware well, too.”

Vieät said he liked Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher Steve McCurry and his jour­ney of telling sto­ries that cul­ture, tra­di­tion and hu­man values.

And even though he has brought home many top prizes from and in­ter­na­tional photo con­tests, Vieät said win­ning awards is not the

pur­pose of his prac­tice. “I would like to do more photography or sto­ry­telling projects that are mean­ing­ful, prac­ti­cal, and have hu­man values,” he said.

“I want to tell more sto­ries and more pow­er­ful sto­ries about love and mean­ing­ful things in life – sto­ries that are uni­ver­sal and strive to­wards values that peo­ple from any­where, of any eth­nic­ity or re­li­gion, can feel and un­der­stand.

“Those are the values I’m striv­ing for and want­ing my photos to con­vey, not stop­ping at bring­ing Vieät Nam’s im­ages, cul­ture, tra­di­tion and beauty to the world through a par­tic­u­lar


Mak­ing in­cense: A woman dries in­cense sticks at a craft village in Quaûng Phuø Caàu Com­mune in Haø Noäi’s outer dis­trict of ÖÙng Hoøa. — Photo Traàn Tuaán Vieätgenre of con­vey Ge­o­graphic pro­mote decades, per­spec­tive,” aes­thetic

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