TPL: Vinh please tell us about yourself. What was that moment that sparked your interest to pursue photography?
VT: I was born and bred in Ha Tinh, a small city on the North Central Coast of Vietnam. Like any other parents in this developing city, my traditional-loving parents used to control my every single move. I was forced to follow their decisions, to study at a certain university, find secure jobs, and then get married. Basically, to live an ordinary live without taking any risk.
Most of the young in Vietnam have no choice but to go to universities that our parents think are "more prestigious," which would help us find promising jobs in the future. I was no exception. I majored in law, and I was lost by the time I graduated since I always have a tendency towards art, but I did not have any courage to chase my dream.
After I graduated from a Law University, I worked for several companies in different fields hoping that something I truly like would come up one day. But my days always ended up hopeless. It took me quite a few years to overcome the fear of chasing my dream all thanks to Vivian Maier’s inspiring story. It is not only about her images but also her life. Gosh, I wish I could hug her and tell her how much her story really meant to me. I realised photography has always been there with me during the darkest times of my life. I thought it was just a hobby initially, but it is the only thing that makes me feel happy. I asked myself: “If not now, then when?”.
Years of working different desk jobs came to an end eventually, I am going to Budapest this September to pursue another study, which is Photography. I am currently residing in Hanoi, Vietnam, and just patiently waiting for my Visa Approval to Hungary.