Sometimes, totally unexpectedly, you find yourself in photographic heaven.
This happened to me when I was making this photo story of the Hmong tribe for TRVL in Northern Vietnam. The area is very touristic – especially Sa Pa town and its immediate surroundings, which are crowded with visitors. A local tourist guide said that there was a market two hours drive away, where no tourists would ever go.
The reason was that the roads were too bad for the luxurious minibuses used to run tours. Pim (the writer) and I went there on our rental scooters and indeed we found a very busy market full of local people who were dressed in the most colorful traditional outfits.
The sun made the entire scene even more shiny and attractive. People were nice and did not mind me taking pictures of them. In fact, they felt very proud to be the center of attention.
How different it is in villages which have been already spoiled by tourists, where people ask for money or tell you to stop taking photos. I almost went crazy because in every direction I pointed my camera, there was a beautiful person with an amazing outfit. I was like a kid in a toy store.
These are rare moments but when it happens and you find yourself in such a situation, it is utter happiness.