Hi, I’m Tanya!

Who would’ve ever guessed that what started out as a love of people and an old camera, ended up becoming a new career?

When I moved to Saigon 2012, I never had a thought of becoming a photographer and a documentarian of this fascinating city. After all, I thought just strolling down one of the bigger boulevards would give me an accurate image of Saigon.

But as my curiosity got the better of me, I ventured off the beaten path and became enamored with what I discovered; the vibrant colors, theĀ genuine hospitality and the many friendly faces. I became determined to get others to experience this side of the city. And so, I started a photo project called “Somewhere in Saigon”.

Nowadays, you’re more likely to find me working on other photography projects (see tanyaolander.com). But regardless of what I’m currently working on, my affinity for exploring alleys, chatting with stall vendors at markets or eagerly chomping on irresistible little guys like the one pictured here, always remains. Even if I have to get up at 5 am to squeeze in the time. Discovering new places in Saigon is simply my passion. Let me share it with you.

I’d love to experience it! Tell me how >>