I have been living in Vietnam for over 2 years now, and have travelled far and wide, documenting this beautiful country. It is a country that continues to fascinate and amaze me. The people have been through so much, and yet have kept their family values, and are quick to welcome visitors to their home. It is a country of contrasts; rich and poor, modern and old, clean and dirty. There is still so much to discover, especially if you get off the tourist trail. Many of my photos have been shot whilst travelling on my motorbike, often on the west side of the country away from the larger cities, and in areas where few westerners still travel.
Over the last few months my photography has evolved into my own style, so that hopefully my work is now distinctively Zati’s. Most of these works can be found in Zati’s Vietnam, with a mixture of styles found in the other portfolios. I have become a fan of square photography, and I no longer try and edit out mess or clutter – it is how it is. I hope to document this country within my photographs, the good and bad, the mess, the attack on the senses produced by the trial of life to be found here.
Three years ago 4 million people visited the country, last year it was 6 million, this year it will be more. Over the next few years Vietnam will change as it adapts to this increase in tourism, and many unique aspects of their culture will be lost, as can be seen in many countries. I hope to help document and understand their culture before much of it is lost.
For the last year, I have been working in a relatively unknown area of Vietnam in the Quang Binh Province called Phong Nha, located near the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. Westerners started visiting this area only a couple of years ago, and for anybody planning to visit the area soon, I highly recommend you include a few days in this area.
Thank you for taking the time to view my work, please feel free to contact me with any queries or questions.