Towns are never settled, their characters forever suffering wanderlust.
In recent decades, Vung Tau has grown from a quiet seaport into a
tourist destination, its streets filled with hotels and restaurants, its
shores strewn with rejectamenta. But before the developments ushered in
by a booming economy and tourism efforts, it was a city swaddled in the
calm routines of fishing and harvesting.
These photos taken in 1967-68 reveal the town's once-slow pace, but
also contain signs of changes to come: seaside bars with English names
and foreign goods trickling into markets. Cities, like cultures, remain
forever in flux, and the present reality is no more fixed than its past.
The transition one catches glimpses of in these images are no different
than the ones that exist today, as each place slips towards an
unknowable future aesthetic and atmosphere.