This is a posing photo and does not reflect the reality. Working women in Vietnam do not dress like this - white dress & trousers are generally uniforms reserved for female high school students. I'm not sure if the photographer, apparently a non-Vietnamese based on the name, was aware of this fact when submitting the photo for Nat Geo, which, I believe, only posts realistic photos, not just because it's well-composed and pretty-looking. Amateur photographers in Vietnam (and now overseas Vietnamese as well, especially in Southern California) usually organize photo sessions like this one, with hired models out on sand dunes to practice their skills, some impressive photos have come out of these sessions. They also use PhotoShop, sometime heavily, free from any photojousrnalism ethical code, which, again, I don't think Nat Geo condones it.
the caption is just "Two Vietnamese ladies walk home along the popular sand dunes in Mui Ne in Phan Thiet, Vietnam", that could be 2 young girls worked after school to help parents (White Ao Dai is their uniform at school) and this picture was taken on their way home or flea market
so I don't care if it is a setup shot or not, just a beautiful photo
good job, already many years ago we would see the same image that ismore honest and better, space culture is broken every day , and i don't like setup shot
Ao dai is a traditional dress that used in special occasion like wedding or Festive occasions or school uniform for young girls at some places...Staged photo is not a problem to me but the authenticity is lost (to native audiences like me) when pairing the special occasion dress with working equipment like in this photo...it could work in"imagine if" category
@Nga My Nguyen If this really is a staged photo, then it just goes to show how important it is to have trusted photojournalists, who are ethically prohibited from staging photos, remain the source for news organizations and magazines like NatGeo. The concept of citizen journalism is a nice concept that usually fails in real life situations.
An impressive picture of sky,sand and the women. Getting the shot is the important thing, and some times it must be staged! At other times it all comes together, no problem. I feel the thing is, that its the result that matters. Even when we know, one way or another. j.e.s.........
I don't know about you guys, but I take public transport for granted when I see what other people have to travel across.
I agree with the comments about this being a setup shot with traditional wear. I was just there a week ago and the women that walk around selling things are dressed in old dirty clothes. The sand dunes are nothing special and the town of Mui Ne was horrible.
You did not see this scene but only saw old ladies with dirty clothes during your visit probably because you wore dirty clothes that time? For me, the sand dunes were amazing. And I did not see the description of the photo saying it was not a set-up scene.
I did not see the description saying it was not a set-up scene. Definitely women would not wear ao-dai working like that! Oh, you saw only old women wearing dirty clothes there probably because you wore dirty clothes at that time, didn't you? For me, the sand dunes were amazing, and I did not see any old women in dirty clothes, only children with their smiles!
@Tuấn Anh well, it doesnt say anywhere that they are wearing this to work.
@Shailesh thakkar Why?
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