Saturday Market: A Photo Essay


Saturday Market: A Photo Essay

They say that Valparaiso, Chile is a photographer’s dream destination.  It is lined with interesting paths and steep roads.  The walls are covered in the rich colours of graffiti.  The houses hang vicariously over the hills of the city and are painted in faded shades of yellow, blue and orange.  I set out this morning to try to catch some of these shots before the people, taxis and buses began to dominate the scene.  However, it was the moment when I arrived at the central market where the city really came to life.  I asked the first two or three store owners if I could photograph their stock, but within minutes all their neighbours were begging for photos; each shop owner sharing a larger smile than the one before.  I decided, at that point, to dedicate a photo essay to the market of Valparaiso and the people that run the shops.

Buddies

Buddies

Fresh Cherries

Fresh Cherries

Man holding a fish

This guy was a joker, and made sure I wasn't going to sell the image to Playgirl

A man cutting up fish

Slicing up some fish

Market shop owner

Shop owner hard at work

Waving workers

Some workers waving goodbye


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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11 Comments

  1. These kinda of photos capture the people and the spirits of the local market. Good Stuff!

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  2. Great shots. One thing I loved, around the world, was markets. We live to far from our food here in N.America! Cheers!

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  3. I agree with gillian, I’m loving all the markets in south east Asia but live too far away from one back in the UK, supermarkets are king there!

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  4. Great photos, I may have to make my way there just for the market.

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  5. Well done, Brendan. Visiting the local market is one of the first things we try to do when visiting a new city. We just love wandering around and seeing all the local goods. It simply never gets old. Awesome that everyone was hamming it up for the camera. We got some nasty looks sometimes when visiting markets. We have one picture of a woman in Laos giving the camera the death stare. It’s actually quite funny. Great job on this post! Love it!

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  6. Nice photos 🙂
    Market visit indeed a cheap way to tasting local flavour. I’ll try to add market visit for next time.

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  7. love market shots!
    the one of the cherries is great. they almost look like they were hand-polished.

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  8. Nice shots. Markets are the place to photograph people and lots of colorful food.

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