The inspiration behind the series came when Jon read that motorbikes would be banned in the city from 2025, in order to reduce traffic congestion and emissions. Having always wanted to travel to Hanoi, Jon started to plan out his series of portraits of the motorcycle delivery drivers and their unusual loads.
Part of his ethos is to always create a unique viewpoint, which is not easy with the majority of subjects. His response to this was to view the project as a photo-journalism project, and create a posed static scene, rather than a classic travel shot. He also decided to shoot during the nighttime, for multiple reasons, but ultimately because this gave him the most control over the lighting situation.
The ‘Bikes of Hanoi’ photography series was launched in 2019 and has been featured in publications around the globe, as well as winning numerous awards. The series conveys a raw and authentic look at the motorcycle delivery drivers in Hanoi, Vietnam, whose livelihood may well be under threat.
Jon’s work takes a unique viewpoint of the world, and he is interested in the changing face of cities, through modernization.
Jon’s Hanoi photographs won the prestigious Smithsonian award in 2020, Portraits of Humanity 2020; and a gold award at the Prix de la Photographie Paris awards in 2019. They were also nominated for the Sony World Photography Awards 2020 and The AOP Awards 2020.
All images and text © Jon Enoch
By Jon Enoch
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