Photo Essay: Entrepreneurs (Hanoi)

This is a collection of images of entrepreneurs that I shot on the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam. Even though Vietnam is still purportedly a Communist country, it has made a policy shift to a more small business friendly, socialist-oriented, market economy and has begun experiencing rapid growth. You can almost feel the energy as newly unleashed entrepreneurs use the opportunity to use their skills and initiative to create small new businesses. I wandered the streets for hours and was amazed at the energy of the people and the beauty of the Old Quarter.

A Barber Cuts Hair on a Sidewalk in Hanoi

A Barber Cuts Hair on a Sidewalk in Hanoi

A Woman Shovels Charcoal to Compress for Use in Stoves

A Woman Shovels Charcoal to Compress for Use in Stoves

A Woman Makes Bun Cha at Her Street Stand

A Woman Makes Bun Cha at Her Street Stand

A Man Carves Personalized Stamps from Wood for Tourists

A Man Carves Personalized Stamps from Wood for Tourists

Woman Selling Produce Uses a Carry PoleWoman Selling Produce Uses a Carry Pole

Woman Selling Produce Uses a Carry Pole

Street Florist in Old Town Hanoi

Street Florist in Old Town Hanoi

Repairing Fans in an Electrical Shop

Repairing Fans in an Electrical Shop

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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