Photo exhibition evokes untamed beauty of northwestern Vietnam

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A misty view of the famous northern mountain resort town of Sa Pa, pinkish apricot flowers in spring blossom, ethnic children with rosy cheeks in class, a drunken man sleeping in the middle of a market; a duck being carried to a market by its owner. These are some of the evocative images at an ongoing photo exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City that bring alive the northwestern region.

Hi, Tay Bac (The Northwest) features 28 photos taken by Nguyen Thanh Tung and enlarged on canvas.

Tung, a co-founder of photography website vnphoto.net - which has 350,000 members around the world, shot the photos during trips to the northern mountains since 2000.

"Working as a photographer for nearly 20 years, I have taken all kinds of photos, but the mountainous region always plays a central role," Tung says of his bonds with the land that is home to many ethnic peoples like the Dao Do, Thai, and Hmong.

"I love its landscapes and feel as if I owed its people."

All the photos were taken by chance during Tung's travels around the region, so he says there was no editing.

Part of the profits from selling the photos at the exhibition will be spent on foods and stationery for children in the region, which he plans to take during his planned visit in December.

Hi, Tay Bac is on at No. 53-55 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, District 3, HCMC, from now through October 30.

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