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Dai Lai Lake (Vinh Phuc) is about 50km away from the centre of Hanoi and it has become an ideal attraction area, with its blue vast lake and its majestic Tam Dao mountain range in the distance.
In the past it was a barren valley, transformed into an artificial lake to irrigate fields. This huge water system has completely changed the landscape because the Government decided to use it for agriculture to feed urban people.

Dai Lai Lake Vietnam

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Today it is a tourist attraction, billboards announce spacious green areas for recreational sports or leisure, but behind this luxury appearance, the traditional family dedicated to agriculture is suffering a deep change in its relations and everyday life.

Dai Lai Lake Vietnam

©Filippo Poli

In this series I shot the early years of resort’s construction (2008), I tried to document the work of these people and the mutation of their landscape.

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