My Year of the Pig (2019) started with a lovely surprise which I received with a mixed feeling of joy and confusion. I have never been a mother but I guess the emotion when I held the Pentax K1000 in my hands isn’t much different from the one when a new mother first welcomes a newborn baby to her world. You’re happy to see him but at the same time you feel overwhelmed with so many challenges you expect to wait for you ahead. I remember I looked at the gift, which I called An 2, and said softly to the giver, “It’s so precious!” while the voice inside my head shouted, “What am I going to do with this complicated machine now?!”
Our first month was thrilled and ended with a bit of disappointment when the first two rolls of film came out blank but An 2 and I have been doing better since then. Through some ups and downs, we are now making memories and pictures of Huế together.
The black-and-white and color photo collections below are especially for Andrew Bellisari (aka ôn An) who considerately brought An 2 to my life.
The Black and White