Vietnoir : Lady Of The Lake
Epson Archival Matte Paper : 50cm x 40cm
The remains of Rose 1, a B-52 bomber shot down in the Vietnam (or American) War during the Christmas raids of 1972. Of the crew of six, four survived and became prisoners of war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton; two others were killed in the crash.
Vietnam is a young country (the average age is just 27 years): few people remember or, frankly, care about a war that ended 40 years ago. The carcass of the bomber is one of the few in-situ relics to be found in the capital.
The lake is covered in a crust of green weed and is encircled by the flower village of Ngoc Ha.
I took several shots of the rusting B-52 fuselage and used these as texture layers — burning and dodging them into the black and white image.
This photograph was taken in 2006 with an Olympus C8080 (now a museum piece!) set to Manual, 7.1mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec and ISO 50.