Hoang Minh Trang: Untitled

The Storytelling Through Portraits Workshop took place from 20 to 22 November as part of the World Press Photo Exhibition: Best of Three 2018 – 2020 in Hanoi. It is organized by Matca and supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vietnam. 

During three intensive days, 13 participants discussed different aspects of making portraits, worked on their proposed projects, and edited their photos under the mentorship of veteran photographers Binh Dang and Linh Pham. Within the time constraint, the workshop focused on the process instead of the outcome, encouraging participants to experiment and get out of their comfort zone rather than making a fully complete body of work. However, each and everyone put in considerable effort to realize a mini-series that expressed their own idea and perspective.

Hoang Minh Trang: Untitled

I want to convey my state of confusion when going through loss. When I feel like everything around me has stopped, it turns out that life still goes on. It was me who was stuck within my own world.

Sadness does not last forever, but it does hang around for some time. I think everyone has to go through the same situation at some point.

I photograph myself in different scenarios. Everyone is going about their business as usual. I confront the lens, looking back at myself.

© Hoàng Minh Trang
© Hoàng Minh Trang
© Hoàng Minh Trang
© Hoàng Minh Trang
© Hoàng Minh Trang