A vendor walks a bicycle cart filled with citrus through the streets of Hanoi.
A vendor walks a bicycle cart filled with citrus through the streets of Hanoi. (Photo: Loes Heerink)

Having lived in Hanoi for several years, Dutch photographer Loes Heerink has amassed a charming portfolio that highlights the colorful diversity of the city's bicycle-riding street vendors.

"The street vendors in Hanoi are often female migrants that spend most of their days trying to make profits on selling fruit, vegetables, snacks and other small items," Heerink says. "They have no clue how beautiful their bicycles are, no idea they create little pieces of art every day."

To capture a unique perspective of these vendors, Heerink would spend hours perched atop the city's bridges, waiting for her subjects to pass beneath her. It's more challenging than you might think. Sometimes she'd get lucky and get a fantastic shot, while other times, she'd come away empty-handed after spending five hours in one place.

A vendor's bicycle cart bursts with an array of colorful flowers.
A vendor's bicycle cart bursts with an array of colorful flowers. (Photo: Loes Heerink)

Heerink hopes to publish this work in a photo book, which is why she's started a Kickstarter campaign to make her dream become a reality. She's aiming to have about 100 images in the book, and to achieve this, part of the Kickstarter funds will go towards funding another trip to Vietnam to complete the shooting phase. Since the launch of the crowdfunding effort, she's raised more than double her goal amount.

After putting so much work into the project, Heerink hopes viewers will "see the beauty and the symmetry and the art that street vendors create every day."

A vendor hauls dozens of bananas in her bicycle cart.
A vendor hauls dozens of bananas in her bicycle cart. (Photo: Loes Heerink)

To see more of Heerink's work, visit her portfolio website or follow her on Instagram.

A vendor's bicycle cart is seen brimming with fresh fruit.
A vendor's bicycle cart is seen brimming with fresh fruit. (Photo: Loes Heerink)

Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.