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floating market of Can Tho

Posted by Anna Belleforte on January 31, 2019 at 3:35 AM

The main tourist draw of Can Tho is the floating market. It certainly is an interesting phenomenon: normal urban interactions are displaced to boats on water. Encounters, conversations, coffee, trade – it all takes place over the side of a boat. Fruit and vegetables are traded on the water, though (counter-intuitively) fish is traded at the market on land. Each boat hoists a pole on which hangs the produce for sale. It can only be bought in bulk, so isn’t intended for tourists. From a picture-framing perspective, the continuous see-sawing of shapes and tangents intrigues me. Though video isn’t my medium, I see interesting potential for rhythms, and for striking contrasts in the early morning sun. The river itself is also a rich source of changing wave-like shapes and sun-reflecting flashes – all things seen and documented before, but still interesting to study as kernels to use for something else.

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