Photography, Recommended

“Puppets that dance on water” – Múa rối nước

Showtime. Or so we hope. At the ticket counter they wouldn’t sell us tickets, instead they told us to take a seat and wait in hope. Hope that more than ten souls were willing to spend half an hour to watch an art form that dates all the way back to the 11th century. Welcome to the world of water puppetry in 2010.

We were lucky. More than ten arrived and we were asked to purchase tickets. Around 50.000 VND for an adult and a child ticket. Finally show time.

It is worth seeing. Period. If you have children and live in Vietnam it is worth seeing more than once. First time I went with Tian was on an outing arranged by the kindergarten and he loved it. We sat at the back as he was still a bit skeptical to the puppets. However, the second visit it was front row and the show is still as mesmerizing as the first time.

Water puppet show.

The quick summary: Water sprouting dragons turning on their fire and smoke, farmers protecting their ducks only to fail, children swimming and performing acrobatics and men and women catching fish the hard way.

Water puppet show.

Water puppet show.

Water puppet show.

Splashing water, the screams from children when hit by water droplets and the traditional music pouring over the loudspeaker system interspersed with laughter make the 30 minutes experience seem like only 5.

Afterwards you have the option of touring the museum, enjoy drinks or ice cream at Ozo or venture further into Saigon Zoo next door.

Water puppet show.


The Historical museum, 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City (Next to Saigon Zoo)

They do morning and afternoon shows. We went in the afternoon. 2pm, 3pm or 4pm.

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London Calling (with Tales from the Past)

“London calling to the faraway towns

Now that war is declared-and battle come down

London calling to the underworld

Come out of the cupboard, all you boys and girls

London calling, now don’t look at us

All that phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust

London calling, see we ain’t got no swing

‘Cept for the ring of that truncheon thing”

The Clash, 1979 (Strummer/Jones)

London is a fascinating city. Most people end up either loving it or hating it. I simply love it. Spending five years in the city was a great experience. Three years spent studying at Saint Martin’s, two years working. The majority of photography work I did at that time was mostly editorial, with emphasis on London’s music scene. Sverre Ole Drønen, aka droneland, a brilliant music journalist and fellow Norwegian, teamed up and we produced editorial content for Norwegian magazines and newspapers.

Concert photography still have the same rules, images for the first three songs, no flash. That’s it. For the interviews, keep gear to a minimum as we never knew exactly how much time we would get. An assigned 30 minutes slot could easily be reduced to 5 minutes if they where behind schedule.

All images in this post have been photographed with analogue film and scanned on a film scanner. The films where pushed to the limits, (Push processing) to be able to photograph in low light without the use of flash.

Bill Wyman photographed at his restaurant in London.

Henry Rollins, photographed at his hotel room in Long Acre, London.

Tricky at concert in London.

Supergrass, interviewed in London.

Leftfield interviewed in London.

Erasure interviewed at their house in London.

Erasure interviewed at their house in London.

Runaways, photographed after they left their seats.

Motorhead in London.

Lemmy from Motorhead.

High Llamas interviewed in London.

Dr. John interviewed in London.

Ben Christophers arriving to the interview in London.

Kasey Chambers in London.

Ninja Tune interviewed in London.

Sheik Loch interviewed in London.

Kristin Hersh photographed at the backroom of Borders, Oxford Street, after a live performance.

Mr Al.

Melt Banana live in London.

Max Tundra photographed inside his car after the interview in London.

Jill Scott interviewed in London.

Jackie Leven photographed at the airport, only opportunity available.

North Mississippi Allstars before concert in London.

Jazz Cafe live in London.

Jazz Cafe live in London.

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