Telling stories with pictures
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
“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