Ninh Binh River Islands, Vietnam

Blue and purple islands in the Ninh Binh river, Vietnam. Art photo by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Ninh Binh River.

It’s hard to say whether this is a rice paddy field, or part of the actual river. For the sake of distinguishing it from Ninh Binh, I went with river.

Interesting area regardless, and very different to the countryside of anywhere I’ve lived. Rice is such an integral part of life in Vietnam that huge areas are dedicated to its production. To traverse these areas without waders they build banks.

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Cityscape of Osaka, Japan

Faded blue cityscape of Osaka, Japan, beneath clouds. Art photo by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Somewhere in Japan. So named because I forgot exactly where I took the photo. My Osaka photos were in a folder called 34538493 or something equally helpful.

Might sound funny to forget something so significant, but it can happen when you visit a lot of places at once. Anyway, the mystery eventually piqued my curiosity enough to I work it out.

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Singapore Cityscape

Singapore cityscape, art photo by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Singapore Cityscape the Second. Easy enough to elaborate on this title: I have no idea why I called it that. As I write this, it’s been years since I made the image, and the backstory has eluded me at this point. But you’d have to assume there was a Singapore Cityscape the First. No guarantee, though. My titling can be squirrelly.

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Seascape With Junk, Haiphong, Vietnam

Art photograph of a junk in Halong Bay, Vietnam. By Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Junk.

Shot taken from a tour boat outside Haiphong, Vietnam, destined for Halong Bay. It might have been an ill-advised, cold time of year to visit, but despite the fact that the constant fog affected viewing distance, it added an ethereal charm. Which, incidentally, did little to mitigate being improperly clothed and stuck in the middle of freezing nowhere for hours after we broke down. The junk clearly did its best to live up to more than one definition of that word.

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Ferry, Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

Art photograph of a ferry in Vietnam, with a line of wake from another boat, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Ferry. No poetic license with this title, it’s all business.

Shot taken leaving Cat Ba island, Vietnam. There was very little to see on this trip because it was a misty, gray day. I got my camera out anyway, and this was one of the results. It’s really simple, but I like the composition. The wake of the boat I’m in makes the photo interesting, and adds some nice tone.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Blue art photo of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: The Bisection of Saigon.

Shot taken from the viewing lounge of one of the tall buildings in Ho Chi Minh City.

I like the aesthetics of Saigon (the old name for the place) better in the title so I decided to use that instead. ‘The bisection of Ho Chi Minh City’ doesn’t have the same ring.

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Cityscape, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Art photograph of Berjaya Times Square and surrounding CBD in Kuala Lumpur, by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Berjaya.

In the center is Berjaya Times Square, in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. This might have been taken from the building we went to the top of, only to find a vacant construction site. After snapping a few photos, we were helpfully escorted back down by security. Having been up the top of quite a few other buildings that were actually intended for tourist viewing, this one turned out to be one of the most memorable and fun.

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