As I’ve been traversing the “travel photography blogosphere” I’ve stumbled across this post from Ailsa and decided to put together a quick post on some of the other travels I’ve taken throughout the last several years.
The idea behind this is “Street Markets.” When Adriana and I travel, we make sure to spend a lot of timing walking through the markets, perusing the souvenirs and learning a bit more about the culture of the place. Needless to say, some markets are more interesting than others. I remember being particularly amazed by the Floating Market in Thailand during our honeymoon several years back.
When looking through my old photos and the many market snaps I had, the next group that caught my eye were the ones from Istanbul in Turkey. Such an incredible city and my wife and I had a field day walking through the massive souks that they have. This was a great experience and we learned a lot walking through the markets, bargaining with the carpet salesmen, and perusing the myriad of things they had for sale. I love the picture below, of the “Turkish Eye” or “Nazars” that they had for sale. I took this picture from the bottom up to get a more interesting composition.
We eventually ended up buying a small, authentic carpet from the salesmen here.
The markets in Asia and the Middle East are simply incredible, and most of my street market photos are from those locations. On our trip to Israel, and in Jerusalem in particular, I simply loved the layout of the old city and could imagine the ancient inhabitants as I walked through the cobble-stoned streets.
We also took a trip to Dubai for Adriana’s b-day. One of my favorite street market pics here is of a series of lights that we saw swaying in a souk.
My most memorable (and potentially most disgusting pictures) is of this guy in India, using his hand to test the goats milk that he’s about to buy. Yummy!
One of the places I’d always wanted to visit is Nepal. On the same trip to India, we spent over a week hiking around Annapurna in the Himalayas. The people of Nepal are just incredibly nice and the country is stunning – I hope that I have the opportunity to return many times throughout my life. I particularly like the picture below, but the next one of my wife looking over the items is another favorite as well.
We’ve also hit the markets of Egypt, which is my opening picture and one of my favorites of the bunch.
As we move further west we get into Europe – we’ve travelled pretty much everywhere in Europe and truth be told I find many of the “street markets”, at least in Western Europe, to be very similar. However that doesn’t mean it’s not interesting to look at the wares they have for sale – I personally get a chuckle out of how salesmen sell the souvenirs for which they’re known, but I have to say I’d be doing the same thing in their shoes!
Finally I leave you with a teaser. That’s right – if there is such a thing, I leave you with a Street Market Teaser! This is one of my favorite photos from a Christmas Market (this was taken in Munich). Christmas Markets are a whole different animal, and I have a billion (yes, that’s right, put your finger on your lips and say “billion” like Dr. Evil) pictures from Christmas Markets. My wife was sneaky enough to not inform me before we got married that she’s an absolute freak about Christmas markets (and therefore ornaments) so as we get closer to December I’ll spend some time sharing our random Christmas Market and ornament collection.
Hope you enjoyed this collection. Most of the links above will take you to my Flickr photos, but I also have my more formal portfolio on SmugMug if you’d like to have a gander (and speaking of markets, those photos are for sale!) Finally, I also have links to some recent posts that have some interesting market photos, particularly Tunisia and Kiev. I’ve also taken a recent trip to China, with several interesting photos of the markets in the major cities. Please take a look and thanks again to Ailsa for organizing this – a great idea!
I’ll be travelling for a period of time, heading to Namibia to get some shots of the Namib desert, Skeleton Coast and take a safari. I’m also hoping to have my first legit crack at star trails photography and am really looking forward to some great posts when I return.
Until then, keep taking pics!