An Phuoc is a 7 year old girl from the Cham community and is known as the ‘girl with the cat eyes’ in her village. Her incredible blue eyes, which look like two azure marbles, make her notably different from other girls in her community. I soon discovered that her paternal great-grandfather was French, explaining this unique feature. Her father also has blue eyes while her sister has one blue and one hazel.
On my way to explore the Cham community, one of my followers on Facebook told me about this little girl. At first the family wasn’t so open to being photographed due to a bad experience with a journalist but by putting my camera away and listening to their story, they became more comfortable. I was invited back to take photos and ended up staying for two days. This reaffirms my belief that you have to connect with people first before you photograph them. This photo and the articles related, have been featured in numerous Vietnamese publications, as well as international media like National Geographic, BBC, Business Insider, Independent UK and has recently been the cover of Globe-Trotters and Geo magazine in France.