HCM City children in photos by Frenchman

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HCM City children in photos by Frenchman

Leaving his position as a CEO of an interior design import-export company in France, Yan Lerval has become a freelance photographer in Vietnam. For this man, taking photographs means his second life started and that makes his childhood dream come true.

Yan traveled between Vietnam and France for business for over 8 years. However, he has settled and had a family in HCMCity for two years now. Last December, he organized his first photo exhibition in Vietnam, featuring 45 portraits of children in various countries in the world, such as India, Europe and Southeast Asia. After that successful exhibition, he accepted an invitation to launch a charitable photo exhibition, in which 24 photos feature exclusively children in HCMCity. This photo is entitled “No pictures”.

During his 8 years of doing business with Vietnamese partners, Yan spent much time on taxi, offices and luxury restaurants. After quitting, he started driving motorbikes to remote areas to meet with and take photos of those he described as “bare foot but friendly”.

“In the first 6 months as a freenlance photographer in Vietnam, I learnt more about Vietnamese culture and people that I hardly learnt during my 8 years as a CEO”, said Yan. This photo, “In mud”, depicts a little girl raising her eyes while standing on arid and cracked soil behind the Saigon Pearl Complex.
Yan has taken thousands of photos of children in the world, including Vietnam. He does not want to become a foreigner who comes, takes photograph and then leaves. In spite of language barriers, he often has exchanges, talks and plays with children, his photos’ characters. In this photo, a girl is looking at a cyclo at the Big Market. His Vietnamese wife and he talked with this kid for more than a half hour.
Yan has spent much time contemplating and taking photographs of kids playing football in District 4. This picture was taken as it actually happened but it was very impressive.
Yan shared that similar photos would be created by 10 people photographing one natural scene. However, as they took photos of a person, different photos would be created because in each second, winks and smiles have their own look. This photo was taken in front of a post office in District 1.
Yan took photos of this kid on Binh Khanh ferry-boat looking over the sea. Yan’s 24 photos of children in the coming exhibition have been selected from around 200 photos.

This photo was taken at the Ben Thanh market when the mother and her kid invited Yan to buy a travel brochure on Vietnam. This photo was taken as it actually happened and without photoshop touch. The 6-month exhibition will open on June 17 th at My Place, 195 Dien Bien Phu, District 3, HCMCity.

All proceeds from selling these photos will be donated to KOTO, an overseas Vietnamese centre offering vocational training for street children.

Yan with his inseparable camera. Besides collaborating with some magazines and photo companies, Yan has also hosted some classes on photograph-taking skills. He plans to travel to South America to take photos of children and to complete his pictorial book on children in the world in early 2013.

Source: VnExpress
Translated by Mai Huong

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