Andrew Kirkby shares some inspiring portraits of people he encountered while travelling through Vietnam.

These great portraits of Vietnamese people where captured by Cape Town-based photographer and videographer Andrew Kirkby on a recent trip through the South-East Asian country.

Andrew describes the work: “I’ve always been fascinated by people and portraiture. Everyone reacts differently to a camera. Some people smile, some hustle for money, some protest vehemently while others simply stare.

In December 2013 I went on a trip through South East Asia. One of the most influential parts of the experience was the history.”

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“Over thousands of years, war has played a powerful role in shaping the people and landscape of modern Vietnam. Through countless invasions, brutal communism, the horrors of Agent Orange, Chu Chi and the Vietnam War – I was surprised by how friendly and positive the people were.

The faces of the elderly tell stories I can only imagine, while the faces of the youth offer a glimpse into the future of the hardy Vietnamese.

These are portraits of some of the faces I encountered along the way.”

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The photographs and video was shot using a Canon 5D Mark III and Canon lenses: 24-105mm f/4L, 50mm f/1.4 and a 100mm f/2.8L Macro.

For more of Andrew’s work, visit his website or view his Behance profile.

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Photographs shared with permission.

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Faces Of Vietnam By Andrew Kirkby

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