When I was 12 years old, I had to stop going to school so that I could earn money by selling ice-cream. During that time, my father would beat me very badly. His death however caused so many problems for my family that I wanted to die to forget everything. I could not live with my mother. I went to the bus station and began to beg, then I worked as a porter but I finally followed the wrong friends and began to break the law. After a short time the police separated our group. Some of us were imprisoned, others were returned home and I decided to go to Saigon to earn my living by polishing shoes. At night I used to sleep in a cyclo in front of the Green Bamboo Shelter. One morning Mr Hai, manager of the shelter, asked about my situation and allowed me to live in the shelter so I could participate in the activities. I was welcomed and loved by the educators who organized vocational training for me. I have attended the Research and Development Center of Photography to learn the art. It a great opportunity for me to be able to express my life through the lens.
Thang is now married and his wife will soon be having a baby. Thang now works in a professional photography studio. He invites the younger Street Vision students to come to the studio to learn how to shoot portraits in a studio.