Fuji, x100f, 35mm, f/2, 1/125s, ISO 200
People here love their street food. You can see people eating snacks at all times of the day (and night). This guy though, with the artificial blonde hair and the Sasa backdrop really stood out.
Fuji, x100f, 35mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 640
You see a lot of these roast duck (and, I’m assuming other meats) stores in the streets of Hong Kong. This one is in Causeway Bay, and as I often walk past it to get back from work, I always like how the light illuminates the customers in the early evening hours. This time I captured it.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 2000
It’s that Yangshuo food market again. You never realize the incredible variety of vegetables in the world until you visit a food market on another continent. The number of unknown vegetables you’ll see is astonishing. Things that you have never seen, have no idea what they’re called, and most of all no idea what they taste like. There’s a French charity here in Shanghai called APM that released a number of trilingual cook books (French/English/Chinese) to raise money. Their next project is a book on local fruit and vegetables and how to prepare them. I can’t wait to read that!
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 640
While in Yangshuo we went to a food market. I love open air (or, in this case, covered) markets, they teem with life and tell us more about how people live than many other sights in a city. This was a massive hall with lots of fruit and vegetable sellers (there were meat sellers in a different section, I’ll cover that later). We saw all kinds of odd vegetables, some of which we didn’t even have names for. We also noticed that you could buy garlic either as nature intended or pre-peeled. This guy was passing the time peeling his garlic…
The Chinese Sweets
x100s, 35mm, f/87, 1/60s, ISO 2000
On the long walk down from Ping An we stumbled upon these craftsmen. The woman is baking chili oil, but the men are slamming down on sweets with their mallets to mix them with nuts. Quite an amazing sight for our sadly too industrialized eyes. We bought some sweets, it was a kind of nougat, flavoured with osmanthus and it was quite good although it stayed stuck in your teeth for a long time. Just like French nougat.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 400
Ethnic minorities are a big thing in China even though they only represent 8% of the overall population. During our trip in Guangxi, we encountered members of two ethnic minorities that coexist there, the Zhuang and the Yao. We didn’t see any men wearing traditional costumes, but the women did. Along the path to Ping’An (about two hours walk in the mountains) we saw many food sellers like this Zhuang woman. She sells (from left to right) dried bamboo, chilies, mushrooms (also in plastic bags), eggs and passion fruit. The passion fruit grow in the mountains, and in this season they are fresh and unbelievably good.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/5, 1/160s, ISO 200
One of my favorite things to do in Shanghai is walk the old streets. Not old in an architectural sense, but old in the sense that people still live there like they did 20 years ago. With your camera in hand it’s a shot a minute. Here the contrast between the decidedly vintage way of selling meat (though very common here) and the smartphone in the seller’s hand attracted me to it. I couldn’t quite figure out what the turned umbrellas were for, but fending off sunlight is the likeliest explanation, I guess.