Hailing from the south of France, Olivier Blanchin has since traded in his life as a Parisian DJ and music producer for a more visually focused approach to art here in Hanoi. After 12 years in Paris, Blanchin had grown disenchanted with the complexity of life and found solace in the simplicity of everyday living in the Vietnamese capital.
What began as a short trip is now looking like an indefinite stay in Hanoi as Blanchin is constantly drawn to the architecture, the environment and – of course the people. The style of his illustrations reflect the simple pragmatism that has seen Hanoi develop into a booming city of international renown, but for Blanchin, the focus of his drawing is the common things of everyday life. These are elements that can often be overlooked, elements that Blanchin finds far more intriguing and inspiring than the landmarks and tourist hotspots that are littered across the city.
The pictures below represent a small glimpse into the lives of those who cook our food, deliver our meals and collect our rubbish – in short, these are the people who keep the chaotic sprawling mess of Hanoi functioning on a day to day basis. For more of Blanchin’s work, check out his site here.