One of the most popular careers in My Dong village, Hai Phong – Vietnam, was iron casting, that traditional craft that was handed down for hundred years ago.
Despite the pandemic of Covid, the factories were still working to provide diverse products, from decoration items to household appliances such as stoves, cast iron pans… Contrary to the tranquility on the streets, the factory was pretty bustling like a beehive with dozens of workers. The re-used metal material was put into the furnace at 1200° C, then poured into the mold while it was still being melted, the main product is cast iron pan of all sizes. It was such hard work but the workers were very friendly and optimistic, it was not easy to work in such a harsh environment with only masks and protective gloves.
About Ly Hoang Long
Since my childhood, I was fascinated by colors and images, then I began my first career as a graphic designer. Life passed smoothly until 1993, when I saw some of my friend’s photos, which made me realize that I could paint with light by a camera, so I bought my first SLR (Pentax SP II) and started shooting. In 1995 I built up my darkroom and got stuck there for eight years, I didn’t even realize that I almost quit my design job. It is the story of how a photo hobbyist transforms to a freelance photographer.
In my opinion, the technique and concept of photography might be changed from time to time, but the only thing will always exist and will never change is our optimistic vision. Life is always looked much better while being seen via the view finder, so, just press the button and let the images tell the stories. [Official Website]