Between many different trips and assignments lately, I’ve recently found a bit of time to continue this project. A few weeks back, I visited Ben San again, and began to try to take this project in a slightly different direction. I’m working on doing series of these video portraits, because I feel that they offer so much more story and substance than a still image can. When you listen to a person’s words, and keep your eyes fixed on theirs, it is my hope that a stronger connection will be made and remembered. Below is the first one of these I’ve made. You’ll hear the story of Nguyen Van Le, who has been living at Ben San for nearly twenty years, after his family basically abandoned him when he contracted the disease.

A few newer images will also follow. I’ll keep it fairly brief for now, but more videos and images should be on the way in the near future.

 

 (Quinn Ryan Mattingly)

 (Quinn Ryan Mattingly)

 (Quinn Ryan Mattingly)

 (Quinn Ryan Mattingly)

Ben San Hospital is one of several like it in Vietnam, where those afflicted with Leprosy can be treated, and live without fear of societal distrust. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly)

Ben San Hospital is one of several like it in Vietnam, where those afflicted with Leprosy can be treated, and live without fear of societal distrust. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly)

Ben San Hospital is one of several like it in Vietnam, where those afflicted with Leprosy can be treated, and live without fear of societal distrust. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly)

Ben San Hospital is one of several like it in Vietnam, where those afflicted with Leprosy can be treated, and live without fear of societal distrust. (Quinn Ryan Mattingly)

A few more images can be found in this portfolio