October 5, 2009
The Traditional Fruit and Vegetable Market
I am hesitant to take pictures of people I don't know. I waited until I had been to the market a few times before bringing my camera. I asked (well with gestures) permission, and then showed the person the picture using the LCD on the camera. I only took pictures AFTER I bought something. This seemed ok.
When I found out that Photo paper is very inexpensive here, I had a different idea. I bought some 4 X 6 glossy paper, and returned to the market the next time with a copy of my picture for each person I photographed. This was a big hit! I felt good to give something to the people who have been so nice to me. I was especially touched by the pleasure of the man who sold me broccoli and eggplant - He really liked the picture I took of the eggplant!
These little experiences of having some communication are wonderful -- they spur me to study and practice Chinese with the hope of better conversations!
"The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by answers." -- James Baldwin