Lonely Planet Writer

See beautiful images of Hanoi street vendors from above as they travel through the city

People in Vietnam pass by vendors in the streets every day, but one photographer decided to capture them from a different perspective.

Street vendors in Hanoi.
Street vendors in Hanoi. Image by © Loes Heerink

Loes Heerink lived in Hanoi for nearly four years, but has since returned home to the Netherlands. While she was there, she started taking photographs of street vendors from above as they travelled through the streets. Now, she wants to create a book of photographs, telling Lonely Planet: “I want people to see what I see. I believe street vendors in Hanoi create little pieces of art every day. I want people to see the beauty and hopefully appreciate the vendors a little bit more”.

Street vendors in Hanoi.
Street vendors in Hanoi. Image by © Loes Heerink

Loes says she was inspired by the street vendors since she arrived in Vietnam. But only a couple of months before she returned home, she went to take one last picture of a flower vendor from a bridge – hoping to catch only the vendor in her image.

Street vendors in Hanoi.
Street vendors in Hanoi. Image by © Loes Heerink

While she waited, there were no flower vendors passing by, but there were a number of other vendors heading under the bridge. “Soon I started to see the fun in it and I started to take lots more pictures, although it was mainly waiting a lot”, she says. The images were taken at a couple of different places in the city, and she would get up early in the morning – or spend her lunch break and weekend – to go to a bridge and wait in hopes of snapping an image of a flower vendor.

Street vendors in Hanoi.
Street vendors in Hanoi. Image by © Loes Heerink

While she eventually got the image she wanted, Loes is now hoping to return to Vietnam in order to take enough photos for a book. She’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed for the project. Learn more about it here.