Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it is still referred to, is a bustling, vibrant and developing city. I use the term developing to define the economic changes it is undergoing. In all other respects Saigon is a fully developed city, all be it one that has not yet been ripped apart by poorly design Shopping Malls, bland office buildings and housing for absent landlords.
The heartbeat of Saigon is the ‘Hems’, or alleyways that are to be found all over the city. This is where the real Saigon lurks. The hems offer only a vertical horizon line, allowing you to look from the tiny streets up to the infinity of the sky. The shapes defined by the changing skyline of a hem, form the crevices that hold the persistent and chaotic movement of the endless stream of motorcycles. The merging of these two elements, the ground and the sky, is reflected in the lightning formation and intense rain that defines the tropical climate. The audio thats plays through the moving images, is a lightning strike slowed to the pace of life that can be found in the Hem, but is arguably the spark that brings life to the city.