Capturing life on the streets of the big city. Words by Julie Vola. Photos by Bao Zoan


Chup dao means walking around and taking photos for fun. It is what photographers, both amateur and professional, love to do. For most of us, it is at the root of our creative process, and nobody understands that better than Word staff photographer, Bao Zoan.


For Bao, chup dao means improvisation. He lets his mind run wild. And it is then that his vision of the world comes together.


As he wanders, free from cumbersome equipment and rational forethought, he lets his experiences lead him; it might be a beautiful spot of light or a group of people, the look of a street corner or the geometry of the architecture that will drive him to frame and shoot.


Bao has an acute sense for strong, layered compositions that tell stories of people and their objects. Each frame is a poetic moment that celebrates life.


Photos by Bao Zoan / November 2016


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