These B+W images are of part of an ongoing series of photographs documenting the underground metal scene here in Saigon. I was into punk bands like The Dead Kennedy’s, Peter and the Test Tube Babies & Fugazi when i was a teenager, the energy of this scene reminded me of my early experiences at punk gigs. In keeping with the DIY spirit of these impromptu random gatherings it felt right to shoot it with B+W film. I hadn’t used B+W film for 12 years. It was really hard to find B+W processing chemicals in Vietnam, finally in the back room of a downtown photoshop in Saigon i found a kilo of powdered developer and some crystal fixer. I used some clear vinegar as stopbath and some old german medium format film. Now i had my home processing kit. The “Underground Metal Scene” seemed like the perfect marriage, to me it captured the raw, brutal energy of this music and the small hardcore group of people who love it.
For the bigger story see foto8 site below with slideshow and music from Wuu:
This work has just been shortlisted for the FotoFilmic 2014 Global Film competition dedicated to the use of film as a photographic medium: