And Now For Something Slightly Different

Fried Chicken Hawkers, Central Market

I recorded fried chicken shops trying to attract customers while I was waiting for my fried chicken to be cooked at the market today. The women in the yellow uniforms work for the shop I always go to. The young man in the pink uniform is from a competing shop next door. They call out things like, “Come here. We have delicious chicken. One serving twenty-thousand Won.” They are at this all day long.

It’s not that interesting a video, but I thought I would use it to figure out how to add video to my posts. The easiest way seems to be to upload it to YouTube and just link to WordPress. iMovie can upload directly to YouTube for you when you’ve finished editing. Very convenient.

This video was recorded on my iPhone and then Air Dropped to my iMac and edited in iMovie. Aye, aye, aye. . . .

Fire Hydrant Amongst the Waters

Central Market, Gangneung

Each shop and stall in Gangneung’s Central Market has a painted yellow line on the floor that vendors are supposed to keep their goods inside of. I guess no one from City Hall checks this, because many shops, especially at the ends of streets, use up as much space as they can.
The plastic tubs of this shop selling shoots and sprouts have engulfed a fire hydrant. The market’s safety code seems to be “Ah, It’ll be all right”.

Market Photographs

There are often interesting things to photograph in the traditional market downtown. Unfortunately, many of the market stalls don’t always follow city regulations and the owners can be very sensitive about people photographing their place of business. I’ve been told a number of times not to make photographs. If I wanted to do a collection of market photographs I would probably have to show up often over a number of weeks and just walk around until the stall owners became used to me. Then maybe they wouldn’t mind the camera so much.
Anyway, I do make the odd photograph now and then if I’m not being stared at. Here are a few I came home with a couple of weeks ago.

If there’s a fire, maybe they can use the water from the tubs to put it out.
Plastic colanders in front of a closed shop. Not much use for putting out fires.
Box for measuring Chinese dates.

Well, a pretty poor haul. Partly because I need more practice photographing markets and partly because I rush when I’m nervous about people watching me.  But it’s now full on tourist season so maybe the vendors are a bit more tolerant of cameras these days. I’ll have to give it another go and try to take my time.

From the Archive: The Rest of October 2015

Here are a few photos from the end of October 2015. 
 Restaurant Vents.iPhone 4 Hipstamatic Application. 2015
A restaurant worker came out while I was making this photo, lit up a fag, and gruffly asked “What are you taking a photo of?” I pointed at the vents. While he was sucking on his cigarette and looking at the vents to see what I could possibly be pointing at, I bid him good day and left. 
Central Market. Fishmonger. Contax N1, Portra 400. 2015

Central Market. Fishmonger. Contax N1, Portra 400. 2015

A few months ago I saw a tourist pointing his camera at these ladies and making photos. “Rather rude,” I thought, and then remembered I had made more or less the same photos in 2015. 

Downtown Bus Stop. Contax N1, Portra 400. 2015

You might notice that there is a black bar at the top of each film scan in this post. This is a result of my local lab not much caring about the quality of film scans. Stick the machine on auto, zip zip zip. Lined up correctly? Close enough, what? It happened a number of times and it’s the reason I started sending film away to Seoul for development and scans. The Seoul lab is faster as well.
   I like the composition of the bus station photo, but the front of the bus is overexposed and there are some very black areas. I wonder if sending the film to Seoul could get me better results. I like these three film photos enough to pay a bit of money for good scans.