On the street's of Vietnam the Monobloc table and chair are an integral part of the landscape. Each morning the street vendors lay them out in new formations. They serve the Vietnamese workers, friends and lovers.
I photographed the Monobloc's as i found them. They reminded me of working, functioning, transitory installations. I was interested in the absence of people, that brief moment between the furniture being used. In this moment the different pieces of furniture seem to take on their own character.
'A Dream Sequence' is a visual meditation of my return to Vietnam in 2017. After two years away from the country i lived in for six years this series explores a jumbled texture of memories, feelings and moments. Photographed on my Fujifilm GA645zi medium format film camera, i used black and white film that was four years out of date. Over the past ten years the film had sat in fridges in London and Saigon travelling back and forth. Through time the paper on the film back had imprinted onto the film.
Variations of translations of Sống from Vietnamese to English:
Sống - Raw / live / be living / be alive / To be born, live then die
Sống chết - Life and death
Sống còn - Exist
Bức tranh Sống - A vivid picture, a life like picture
Vietnam is defined by its street culture, it has its own rhythm and pace, a vibrant never ending kaleidoscope of beauty, energy and chaos - where life's dramas are played out.
(*WINNER* PDN ULTIMATE MUSIC MOMENTS AWARD 2014)
In 2009 Sixty percent of the population in Vietnam were under 30, most living with their parents until marriage. For the Vietnamese youth, pressure to conform comes from all sides - the Communist Government, the state run media and the family unit itself.
In 2010 I went to a free rock/metal gig in Saigon were I witnessed an arena full of teenagers going crazy. The fans passion and energy resonated with me, It reminded me of the punk gigs I first went to as a teenager in the UK in the mid-80’s.
Over the next two years I noticed a breakaway group of bands and dedicated fans were getting into more extreme types of metal music known as – death, brutal, raw and grindcore. These sporadic gigs would take place in 80’s style mirrored disco’s, run down shopping malls at the city’s limits and in peoples living rooms sometimes shut down at the last minute.
As Trung from Saigon grindcore band ‘Wuu’ explains “Vietnamese people are still afraid of this kind of music, black, death, brutal and grindcore is still something that can’t be understood by them”
These impromptu DIY underground metal shows from 2012-2014 form the basis of ‘Bloody Chunks’.
__________that moment in-between_________something happening,
________________the gaps_____________between thoughts,
__________________Quiet moments of contemplation____________
_______________________Amongst the noise of living