What happens to those travel stories that you don’t write about?

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Mother & Daughter and the Family Legacy of Mekong Meat.

When posting my main travel stories, I realize there are many others which get lost in the shuffle. Unfortunately, sometimes there’s just no place for them in a flow of writing. So what do you do when you come to those moments which feel seemingly sentimental yet brief?

Photographs nail the moment perfectly, where words falter or can’t find themselves. The photo above is of a Vietnamese mother and daughter team (above), I met in Vinh Long while on my 2-day excursion of the Mekong Delta. They had a stall in the open-air fresh meat section of the market in. I was curious about their ethnic beauty– they didn’t look like the majority of Vietnamese I had been seeing. They were curious about me also- they thought I was Vietnamese.

As a blogger, photographer, travel writer… how do you handle those touching moments which sometimes don’t have a place in your writing?

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  • I haven’t figured out what to do with them yet, actually. There are stories I haven’t told because I just can’t figure out how to do it well. And photos I’d like to share of people I’ve met along the way, but don’t feel comfortable posting their photos on the Internet without their permission, and I have no way to contact them now. I really need to think more in advance about these things, I guess.

    • @Gray: I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels like that way! Some of it feels sentimental and yet, it’s all random bits which seem so out of place in a story.
      Permissions. Unfortunately, i’ve been trying not to look at that too hard, as I’m not making money from the use of peoples’ image and most of it is used in good context. But you did remind me that I need to take more measure in the future about getting contact information from those I shoot.

  • I produce three videos a week for my YouTube Channel. Pieces like the ones you mention are reserved for my Friday slot. Sometimes, there’s something special, but doesn’t quite fit into the scheme of things. I have a lot of those moments, and decided to make the most of it.

  • Great shot u have there Chris!

    I guess in cases like this, just let the picture do the talking. I have a few posts where I’ld just write 1 or 2 lines wrt the picture. Let the readers decide if they like it or not. If they do, they’ll comment on it like this post of yours here 🙂

    • @Ben: Thanks for commenting and dropping by Ben! Yeah, I guess great minds think alike– I’m trying to test that theory out a bit with these photo/video essay posts I’ve been doing. Perhaps that’s the best that can be done for such short stories!
      @Steve:You’re totally the man for producing THREE a week. Wow. That’s ambition! Video does tend to have a lot of loose bits that you can get to feeling precious about… or sentimental, even if it’s just 20 seconds. An end-of-the-week compilation sounds like a great solution.


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