After she left her mother's womb
In this series Linh and I travel side by side with our cameras wondering how our varying life perspectives will shape our images as she invites me, first as a friend and also as an artist, into her life a little more closely.
I have organized our photos collectively in this series, my photos on the left and Linh's on the right. Click the arrows at the bottom of the slideshow to enlarge.
For reasons described best in pictures, Linh left her hometown of Ha Noi, Viet Nam. We scootered through the city as she contemplated her life before and after leaving the country.
As we walk through Ha Noi's Old Quarters, people comment on her dark lipstick and purple hair in Vietnamese-- they assume she’s a foreigner. She does not quite fit in, especially not with a blonde, white friend by her side and a scooter that shouts affluence to the surrounding community members.
Linh came to Philadelphia in 2015 to study filmmaking, an art she felt was disrespected in Viet Nam. But in doing so, she also left her comfort zone, her mother, who has exhibited care and selflessness despite inhabiting a place she does not feel welcome. Now, she is searching for that same comfort across the globe, finding it people along the way. She mentions Mom, Ớt Anhanh, Johane, Brianna, Bobby, Margo, Tricia, Brooke, but she will not stop until she finds self love.
While in Viet Nam, she told me "We are forced outside the boundaries of our comfort zones since the day we leave our mothers' wombs," and I empathized, thousands of miles away from my comfort zone, too.