Friday, March 30, 2012

Back In Saigon

People work out on exercise equipment in a park in Ho Chi Minh City. 

We're in Vietnam, traveling from Saigon to Hanoi and then spending some time in and around Hanoi. I know it's not Saigon anymore, after reunification in 1975 the name was officially changed to Ho Chi Minh City. But to people of a certain age, and to almost all Vietnamese, it's still Saigon. There's a rivalry between Saigon and Hanoi. Hanoi is older, more than a 1000 years old. Saigon didn't become a part of the Vietnamese empires until the late 1600's. So score one for Hanoi. On the other hand, Saigon is THE big city with more than 9,000,000 people. Score one for Saigon. Like the LA - NY debate in the US, the Hanoi - Saigon debate could go on forever with no clear winner. 

I made this picture while we were walking back to our hotel. The woman was on the machine by herself and it just didn't click for me. We walked to a nearby corner and stopped to take a last look at the park and the man had gotten on the machine and started exercising. I like the symmetry of the two people on the machine and walked back to photograph them. I really liked this frame, the way the man is really getting into it. This park is a beehive of activity early in the morning with older people doing all sorts of exercise. 

There are a lot more photos from this trip in my archive or available from ZUMA Press