The other day I finally made it out to shoot something I had wanted to find and shoot for a while, salt harvesting, but the last several years it sorta slipped my mind and always missed the time frame for it, only taking place between the start of the year and and early spring, when the rainy season starts again. So, with a probable location locked into google maps and my girlfriend and visiting friend in tow, we jumped on the bikes and headed about an hour out of the city to Cần Giờ, a mangrove forested area near the coast. We learned from the workers and proprietors, that a kilo of salt sells for about 5 cents, and thus a ton for about 50 bucks. You may be able to tell from the scenes, but in case not, make no mistake that it takes a lot of energy and effort to make, gather up and move this stuff! I can’t say that I envy their work at all, but I thank them for doing so, so I could make a few frames!

In half a day before the sunburn started to set in, I made a handful of images that I liked and have assembled them here in a mini photo essay of sorts.

Tomorrow, I’m heading for two weeks of travel and work in the central and north of Vietnam, so in case I come across any more salt scraping there, I’m sure I’ll be drawn to shoot it, but if not, when I get back to the south there may be a few weeks left to go find another location or two, and I just might do that!

Anyway, below are a few frames I enjoyed making and hopefully you’ll enjoy checking them out as well!

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