Photographer and Filmer Jaap van den Beukel is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. From his project ‘Incredible Workers‘. To see Jaap’s body of work click on any photograph.
Vietnam is developing very quickly but still some of the areas seem very surrealistic and it feels like you are going back in time. Working seven days a week is very common in many industrial areas and 12 hour working days are not unheard of. The working conditions were not always very safe in the areas I visited. I had to be very careful to make sure I wouldn’t end up in a pothole. Health and safety supplies, like safety helmets, for instance, were hard to find. It is often very dirty and monotonous labor for little pay. The companies in Vietnam still have a very hierarchically character in comparison to our Western society. Everything has to be explained and organized from a senior level. The Vietnamese will not easily say no or that they don’t understand something because they are too polite and very proud.
Images taken in the surrounding areas of Ninh Binh City, Vietnam.
By Jaap van den Beukel