Markets are always attractive hunting grounds for photographers, but in Colombia this is especially true.
However, good photographs of markets are difficult to make. Why? Because of the chaos that markets often are, the hues of the bright color that come from overhanging shades and the stark contrast between dark shadows and bright sunlight. All potential problems you would like to avoid, so watch out for those.
The secret of good market photos is to make those who work there the subject. People working on a market are cheerful and open. They like to make jokes, to interact. It’s part of their job and helps to pass the long hours they spend on their feet. They are usually proud of their produce.
If you make eye contact, smile, enter into a conversation just for the sake of it and don’t hide your intentions, you are bound to end up with great photos of happy people that reflect the dynamics of the place.
The guy in this photo jumped into the boxing pose the moment he saw me. All in good fun, of course!
Take me to Colombia!