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This is Hoàng Thế Nhiệm, or "Nhiệm-Sapa" as he has been nicknamed in Vietnam after the total amount of visits he paid to and two photobooks published about Sapa.
He is ten years younger than me but in photography, I am a generation behind him. In the past, from the USA I heard about his talent and wished to be in touch with him to learn more but found no connection.
After crossing to Sapa from Yuanyang, and while my companion and I were waiting for the night train to depart from Lao Cai to Hanoi in the evening of Feb 25, 2005, we happenned to sit in a same coffee-shop in front of the railroad station, and we discovered that he and his companion (Diep Duc Minh of Thanh Niên Daily) had the tickets in the same berth as ours. That night, we stayed awake. 5 AM next morning, getting off from the train, Nhiệm suggested us to shot sunrise over Long Bien Bridge. By noon, we rented a taxi to Perfume Pagoda to spend the night there, only be back to Hanoi by evening of 27th. 6:00 AM of Feb 28, he knocked my room and gave me a back-ride on his motobike to Chuong Market. The following day, I flew to Vientiane while he returned home in Saigon... Meeting him, in fact I didn't have chance to photographic tips but just to be involved in his continuous move.
January 2007, he contacted me asking if we should meet and enjoy the military-style operations again. The answer was yes.
He picked me up at Vietnam Airlines after I landed on Feb 23, 2007 with the pre-purchased train tickets that evening back to Lao Cai. 24th, we grouped with Steve and crossed border to Hekou, then rented a van to YY where I snapped this portrait the next morning over terraced fields.
We busied ourselves again with the 6-day trek to China but the promise has been well kept from his birthday when I bid goodbye to fly back to the states on March 10, 2005: "See you again in Yuanyang in two years!"
Please share with us some brief days of our life.
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