Viet is an artist with a vision to create timeless imageries that touches people’s hearts. He is constantly refining his craft and created a brand to what is known to be "Le Vie" today. This brand is derived from his name, in which translate from the French language to mean “The Life”. This life philosophy is what he looks for in his images. As a visual biographer, he seeks to capture authentic imageries that tells life’s beautiful stories.
From the artist: As a hybrid photographer, I use both traditional film and digital cameras.
Belle Lumière Magazine recently announced Viet as the "2017 Emerging Film Photographer of The Year". His beautiful work has been featured in prestigious publications such as Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, and How He Asked by The Knot. He is also a preferred vendor for Magnolia Rouge and Wedding Sparrow, a fine art wedding publication.
I was introduced to the art world at a very young age. At the time, it was used to simply to keep me occupied and out of trouble. I soon became more interested in the arts and found these creative outlets a bit therapeutic. I begin taking classes and lessons in crocheting, animation, pottery, and even theatre technology. It is through these beginnings that provided me with the foundation and inspiration to create the imageries that you see today.
I picked up my first camera during my first year of college. It was not a professional camera, but it had just what I needed to take an image and establish my camera technical foundation. I continuously improved my skills through deliberate practices and in 2017, I picked up my first film camera. As a fortunate discovery, I actually bought the old film camera from eBay as a decorative piece for my office space. While cleaning the camera, I saw a roll of 35mm Kodak film inside of the camera and decided to just snap a few random photos in my apartment to finish the roll. I dropped off the film for processing at my local film shop and immediately, I felt the excitement. The process of dropping something off and not knowing what I would get was exciting!
At first, I was afraid that there would be no images at all because the film was too old. When I saw my first scan I was instantly hooked. Although, the images were subpar due to my lack of knowledge in film exposure and the expired film, the feelings I felt during this process is indescribable. Without a doubt, I knew I wanted to delve deeper into this world. I bought a “real” film camera a few months later and have not looked back ever since. I love film and although digital has its place, film will always have a special place in my heart. To me shooting film is easier, it allows me to focus on the moments and what is in front of me. When I shoot film, it is not about getting the perfect shot, but rather capturing the perfect moment. With film, I anticipate for the moments.
Photography freezes time, allows us to time travel, help us remember and relive those moments long after it has passed. It creates something tangible from something intangible for us to pass down for generations.
My goal as a photographer is to take you back to each moment and give you that same exact feeling that I have felt when I captured my images. Every image you see created by me is an invitation into my world. A world that I believe is filled with beauty and hope. I am humbled and truly honor to have this opportunity to share this vision with you.
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