Enlightened Souls
Country Mice
Following the first opus of Enlightened Souls in Christchurch, I went to cut my stencils out in Hanoi, Vietnam.
I didn't expected to work on a second series of characters during my journey in Hanoi, but my schedule went lighter than I thought and I needed to find an occupation.
September was dedicated to a simple trip across Vietnam, as a standard tourist.
In Sapa - one of the hot spot for tourism in North Vietnam - I realized vietnamese city-dweller tourists were a bit sniffy and picky with the local people from the mountains. Tourism doesn't always wear the happy face of a brochure but as tourist myself, I couldn't criticize too hard…
Anyway, this is how the enlightened idea occurred for the second time. Back in the capital I had two more month to prepare my material. Like a little joke, I thought it could be funny to let some country-side kids wandering in the streets of Hanoi, like country mice visiting their town mouse cousins.
I was quite a challenge again. If I knew how to proceed to set my stencils up, I rapidly understood the streets would never get as quiet as New Zealand. I had to deal with motor-bikes, cars and drunk people. But it didn't turned out to be impossible to shoot, just way longer.

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