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Sunday, 21 October 2007

Study of a child and flower. Memories of Vietnam.



The pensiveness of a child contemplating the beauty of nature.
Photos taken in the grounds of the Couvent des Oiseaux, Dalat, South Vietnam, sometime in the early 1970s.
Every night the silence was regularly punctuated by the sound of automatic rifle and machine gun fire. The Viet Cong were but a short walk along the road where these photos were taken. One night after my sleep had been interrupted by the sound of an explosion and machine gun fire I saw two Viet Cong withdrawing along the road a few yards from where I looked out of the window.
As was ever in Vietnam war and peace lived side by side as if life and death were but the phases of the moon and sun.

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