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Indochine.

Pour un français, voyager au Viet Nam, au Laos ou au Cambodge, c’est inévitablement rencontrer de multiples fois au cours du voyage des réminiscences d’ émotions nées de lectures et de films. Au fil des jours on entre ainsi dans une sorte d’Indochine mentale qui n’a rien à voir ni avec les réalités sociales, politiques et économiques actuelles des trois pays concernés, ni avec une quelconque nostalgie de l’ancienne Indochine française...
Marcher dans les rues de Cholon, dans l’ancienne Saïgon, c’est croiser les amants de Marguerite Duras. Dans le magnifique ensemble de temples de Banteay Srei comment ne pas penser au larcin de la statue Khmère qu’y commis André Malraux et qu’il conta dans «La Voie Royale» ? A Luang Prabang c’est l’ombre du «redécouvreur des temples d’ Angkor», Henri Mouhot, venu y mourir, que l’on croise. Et comment de pas penser au film «Indochine» de Régis Wargnier (avec Catherine Deneuve) en regardant une jonque glisser lentement sur les eaux calmes de la Baie d’Halong...

Les photographies qui suivent ont été récoltées dans les trois pays - mais principalement au Viet Nam - et ont été retravaillées de manière à coller le plus possible à cette Indochine Rêvée...


For a French, to travel in Viet Nam, Laos or Cambodia, it is inevitably to meet several times during the journey recollections of feelings arisen from readings and movies. In the course of days we so enter in a kind of «mental Indochina» which does not have nothing to do either with the current social, political and economic realities of the three concerned countries or with any nostalgia for former French Indochina...
Walking in the streets of Cholon, in the old Saigon, we meet the Marguerite Duras’ Lovers. In the magnificent group of temples of Banteay Srei how do not to think of the theft of a Khmer statue commited there by André Malraux and told in its novel " La Voie Royale "? To Luang Prabang it is Henri Mouhot's shadow - the «rediscover» of Angkor Temples - , came to die there, that we meet. And how not to think to Régis Warnier’s movie "Indochine» (With Catherine Deneuve) by watching a junk sliding slowly on quiet waters of the Halong Bay...

The photos which follow were collected in the three countries - but mainly in Viet Nam - and were worked again so as to stick as much as possible to this Dreamed Indochina...
Lazy Hours in Tonkin.
Lazy Hours in Tonkin.
Afternoon Rest. Hoi Han.
Afternoon Rest. Hoi Han.
La Petite Princesse. Siem Reap.
La Petite Princesse. Siem Reap.
Maison Tàn Ky. Hoi Han.
Maison Tàn Ky. Hoi Han.
Monsoon. Vinh Ha Long.
Monsoon. Vinh Ha Long.
Le Grand Café. Siem Reap.
Le Grand Café. Siem Reap.
Pagode de Thien Mu - Hue
Pagode de Thien Mu - Hue
Den Ngoc So'n. Hanoï
Den Ngoc So'n. Hanoï
Vat Sakhet. Vientiane.
Vat Sakhet. Vientiane.
A Couple of Farmers. North Tonkin.
A Couple of Farmers. North Tonkin.
Country Life. Ninh Binh Province.
Country Life. Ninh Binh Province.
In the Fields of High Tonkin.
In the Fields of High Tonkin.
A Chinese Temple. Hoi Han.
A Chinese Temple. Hoi Han.
The Old Age.
The Old Age.
But Thap Pagoda. Tonkin.
But Thap Pagoda. Tonkin.
Tu Duc’s Tomb - Hué.
Tu Duc’s Tomb - Hué.
Hoi Han : The Japanese Bridge.
Hoi Han : The Japanese Bridge.
Portico Entrance of Minh Mang's Grave. Hué.
Portico Entrance of Minh Mang's Grave. Hué.
Overloaded. Hanoï Old Quarter of the 36 streets.
Overloaded. Hanoï "Old Quarter of the 36 streets".
Fruits Quarter. Hanoï.
Fruits Quarter. Hanoï.
The Temple of Literature. Hanoï
The Temple of Literature. Hanoï
La Belle Annamite.
La Belle Annamite.
A Hmong on the Road.
A Hmong on the Road.
1928.
1928.
A Chinese Temple. Hoi Han.
A Chinese Temple. Hoi Han.
Street Scene. Hoi Han.
Street Scene. Hoi Han.
Selling Betel Nuts - Thanh Toàn.
Selling Betel Nuts - Thanh Toàn.
Taoïst Temple Thien Hau. Saïgon.
Taoïst Temple "Thien Hau". Saïgon.
Cleaning Tea Pots.
Cleaning Tea Pots.
Vat Mahathat. Luang Prabang.
Vat Mahathat. Luang Prabang.
A Farmer. North Tonkin.
A Farmer. North Tonkin.
A Dzao. Hills of North Tonkin.
A Dzao. Hills of North Tonkin.
 Get out of my Way !
" Get out of my Way !"
North Laos.
North Laos.
Thu Bon River. Hoi Han.
Thu Bon River. Hoi Han.
Banteay Srei.
Banteay Srei.
The Rower.
The Rower.
A Band at a Ritual Ceremony. Hanoï.
A Band at a Ritual Ceremony. Hanoï.
Magnificent Banteay Srei.
Magnificent Banteay Srei.
On a Market in High Tonkin.
On a Market in High Tonkin.
Fish Market - Siem Reap.
Fish Market - Siem Reap.
Estampe Indochinoise.
Estampe Indochinoise.
A H'mong. Can Cau Market.
A H'mong. Can Cau Market.
But Thap Pagoda (Entrance). Tonkin.
But Thap Pagoda (Entrance). Tonkin.
Early Morning Alms. Vat Xieng Tong.
Early Morning Alms. Vat Xieng Tong.
Pensive. Sapa.
Pensive. Sapa.
Choosing Fruits. Hanoï.
Choosing Fruits. Hanoï.
But Thap Pagoda. Main Yard.
But Thap Pagoda. Main Yard.
Chatting in the Street.
Chatting in the Street.
Protected.
Protected.
Going to the Market.
Going to the Market.
The Keeper of the Pagoda. Hanoï.
The Keeper of the Pagoda. Hanoï.
Garden of Phuc Kien Temple. Hoi Han.
Garden of Phuc Kien Temple. Hoi Han.
French Heritage :)
French Heritage :)
Jade Emperor Pagoda. Saïgon.
Jade Emperor Pagoda. Saïgon.
Red Lanterns Shops. Hanoï.
Red Lanterns Shops. Hanoï.
Entrance Gate of Main Yard. Temple of Literature. Hanoï.
Entrance Gate of Main Yard. Temple of Literature. Hanoï.
The Old Temple.
The Old Temple.
Saïgon.
Saïgon.
Quan Âm.
Quan Âm.
Hué - Imperial Palace.
Hué - Imperial Palace.
A Home in Indochina.
A Home in Indochina.