aPRIVATEvsn: VSN Profile. Giang Doan

All photos featured in this post are courtesy of Giang Doan (IG: @filmismyfirstlove).

This is the first post of a new feature that will be added to the blog. Named the VSN Profile they explore creative minds on their work and inspiration. They also question how does having vision affect their work and creative process.

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After a day of rummaging through Instagram I came across the account @filmismyfirstlove. The first subject of the VSN Profile.

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The background of this photo highlights the moment between the couples.

Social media can be powerful. I decided to try and interview the person behind the account. I frequently visited the account to look at the color tone and composition. Her name is Diang Goan, a student living in Vietnam. Diang is originally from Can Tho City, but she now resides in Ho chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest city. Her use of natural light stood out to me in addition to the sheer realism and tone she gets out of her film stock. From her bio I learned she shoots with a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm f/1.8 lens. This is a reliable setup that is a favorite amongst film communities. Curious to be more informed on her perspective, here are few questions.

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Interview was conducted via Instagram DM with over the course of 2 and a half days due to a tricky 11 hour time difference.

VSN: Now that you shoot you shoot mostly film, what are your favorite attributes about film as opposed to digital?

Giang: “The first attribute is the color tone of film. The second is the unexpected effects when film was (is) developed. Sometimes those effects make me really suprised, sometimes a little disappointed because I thought it was not when it was not.”

VSN: I have noticed a double exposures on your page. What are you inspirations, if any, behind them?

Giang: ” It was just sudden inspirations. Some of the photos were mistakes but I found them to be interesting.”

VSN: What is your favorite film to shoot?

Giang: Fuji Superia 200.

VSN: What does the word “vision” mean to you?

Giang: “It’s the way I show people how I see the world.”

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I am glad to do something different and make a connection otherwise impossible without social media and the internet. The power to connect two separate worlds gives you perspective and is quite humbling. Through Diang’s pictures I can step in her shoes and see what she sees from across the world.

“Worldview through a viewfinder.”

Much thanks to Goan Diang for the opportunity to interview. Many blessings. 

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