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Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2804 W: 35 N: 5681] (30278)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-08-05
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon D3200, Tamron AF18-200mm 3,5-6,3 XR Di II E 6
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Vietnam revisted
Date Submitted: 2019-10-22 13:40
Viewed: 200
Points: 12
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Baseball cap & helmet on,
one's for fashion, one's because the law says so,
checkered shirt, all in style,ciggie dangling from mouth,
I'm all set to go motorbikin'!

I'm trying to figure out what the T-shirt says. Is a a movie poster? Or commercial for perfumes for men? Or just random elements thrown together to puzzle and confuse me?


OK, here's my Hanoi motorbike story for you...

When we first visited Hanoi, motorbikes were still quite new. They were mainly Hongda's, which is a kind of cheapskate version of Honda, made in the shade, if you know what I mean.

Traffic back then was superdangerous for a couple of months, because most motorbike riders had been cyclists just before and they were still trying to figure out the difference in speed and maneuverabilty between the two.

Being used to Saigon, where bikes had been around a while longer, we found crossing the road in Hanoi suddently a lot more difficult.

But that's a long time ago. These days those who can afford it (or have the connections) drive a car and discover the pleasures of being stuck in traffic jams.

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Hi Benny
my guess would be that's a movie advertisement? It looks as if he's looking directly at you and his checkered shirt really makes a strong impact. another cool shot with a cool guy, or at least he's trying to look cool :) cheers

Hello Benny,
Dedicated follower of fashion?
Maybe not, but a cool guy anyway and an amusing snapshot.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 26146 W: 523 N: 44753] (190777)
  • [2019-10-23 9:47]

Goedenavond Benny,

Mooi de man geďsoleerd met een wazige achter.
De man valt wel degelijk op, met zijn speciale T-shirt.
Mooi portret foto, helder om naar te kijken.
Goed, foto werk, bedankt.

Nog een prettige avond,

Hello Benny, an interesting note to accompany this shot.
Excellent shallow depth of field, with a good bokeh, where the bikes are still recognisable for what they are.
The T-shirt picture certainly suggests some film.
Kind regards, Jean.

Hello again,

Well, what should I say? He is really cool!

Best Wishes,

Hi Benny,
funny note which makes the photo so much more interesting!
The citation is as follows:

We’ve lived in the shadows for too long.

It is supposedly a phrase from a movie which I did see but don't remember much:

Percival Graves
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

I like the shirt, I am in this moment in a very similar one but with red colors instead of green blue.
And I had to iron mine :(

Great portrait!

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