While traveling between Hanoi and Halong Bay in Vietnam, we came upon some men and women working in flooded rice paddies. It was planting season. We were fascinated to see the water buffalo dragging the plow, and the women bending over to pick and separate the seedlings. Surely, we were far from home, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The climate was much warmer in Vietnam, too. It was early February, 2008. I hope you enjoy these photos I took after I hopped out of the van for a closer look.
I saved the best for last. I captured the graceful curve in the worker’s arm. This image reminds me of the grace and beauty of the farmer in 19 century French painting. I have made a beautiful and unique auratone print with this image. It is a gem, in my opinion.