You’ve seen this awkward family before, right? There’s Mom, dutifully giving a big smile even as the photographer tries to persuade her cheeky youngest child to look into the camera. There’s the slack-jawed teenager who won’t look ready for a photo until he’s well into adulthood. And there’s his placid sibling, ready to hold the pose forever if that’s what it takes.
This is one of a series of shots that photographer pinnee took at Monkey Island Eco Forest Park in southeastern Vietnam. On the southern outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the area is also known for the Lam Vien Can Gio world biosphere reserve, where the mangroves are recovering after Agent Orange nearly destroyed them all during the Vietnam War. There’s not much standing between human visitors and monkeys at Monkey Island, so be careful: as charming as they may appear, these monkeys might also make a grab for your camera if you get too close.