Madison Fender to exhibit photos at Industry Standard

Credit: Madison Fender

A man on a bike in Ninh Binh, Vietnam. (Credit: Madison Fender)

Greenport photographer and northforker contributor Madison Fender will show off photographs from her recent trek through Southeast Asia in an exhibit at Industry Standard this month.

There will be a kickoff party at the restaurant on Tuesday, April 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. The photos will remain on display for one month. The party is open to the public and is free to attend.

Fender spent one month backpacking through Indonesia and two months in Vietnam, nursing a broken heart, bonding with fellow travelers and documenting everyday life.

“It was amazing to connect with people through my camera,” she said. “I think portraits are a powerful way to connect with other humans, especially when there is a language barrier. I want to share how other people in the world live.”

Her first solo trip abroad, Fender brought little more than a backpack and her camera. She recalled her time in Vietnam where she found many of the locals did not speak English. It was there she purchased a motorbike, painted it hot pink and headed north on an 879-mile trip from Da Lat to Hanoi with a group of four other travelers.

They were strangers when they started, but by the end of the trip the five of them became close friends. You can see their journey depicted in a photo book called “Hostel Life: Just the five of us” which will be available to view at the show.

Industry Standard will also serve an Indonesian and Vietnamese menu throughout the week.

Industry Standard is located at 45 Front Street in Greenport. (631) 333-2500, industrystandardbar.com.