I made contact with Phong from Elite model agency
in HCMC and discussed my concept with him! I wanted to keep it ”local”
as I did not know what was available in terms of clothing, location
etc. We decided to scout locations when I arrived before the shoot.
Phong advised me on models, stylist etc which was invaluable as someone
who has his eyes & ears on the ground. I had no idea what to expect
from the shoot it was truly an experimental editorial “testing the
waters” so to speak! After looking at different locations we decided to shoot at the zoo!
No shortage of greenery, foliage etc and didn’t need to worry about been
kicked out somewhere due to permits! It was drizzling on the day and we
were worried that the shoot may rain out but Phong was our weatherman
saying that it will clear up later in the morning which it did and the
humidity set in. Between the mozzies and rats my lovely model Trang La
strutted her stuff all over the zoo. When English wasnt enough, a
couple of tested hand signals did the trick! We create quite a stir
and some little kids were very intrigued with the shoot.
I want to thank Phong and his lovely team for all the assistance and
great energy that they brought to the shoot! I will definitely be back
to explore more of this fantastic country!