Despite the digitalization in the news industry, there are still who preferred the old fashion way of keeping abreast with current happenings.
Few years from now, printed newspapers may be a thing of the past. We will never know. I hope not.
The morning is darkening, thick clouds are gradually covering the clear skies. It will rain.
Hurriedly we finished our early morning shoot and started heading to Souq Waqif. My friends and I were eager to have some shoots while raining (rain is really a peculiar thing in Doha, it seldom happens; the most may be 10 times a year). The moment we reached our destination, we positioned ourselves.
The kids were also eager to get wet and play in the rain. We have seen the amazement in their faces. The rain started and then… it stopped abruptly. The amount of rainfall did not even get the pavement wet. But kids are kids they can find ways to enjoy and they started to have fun whatever that day had offered them.
“Tiangge” is a Tagalog word for a flea market where products and items can be bought at a cheaper price. In our hometown (Lopez, Quezon), it is scheduled every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday mornings.
As I promised myself that after a short visit to our hometown in 2014 I will try to come back to take more photos of our market (I used to sell tomatoes, spices and other items when I was a teen, helping my eldest sister).
Nine months after, I was back again in the Philippines for my annual vacation. I spent 3 days in my father’s house and arranged the photo walk with a fellow photographer from our group – Lopez Photography Club. We did it on a Friday to catch the flea market where more vendors and more people will be around.
This man is very elusive. Every time he sees camera pointing at him, he will definitely shift his direction or he will hide his face by any means. Then I was given a chance, after almost 30 minutes of roaming around, I bumped into him again but I pretended I was not interested in taking his photo at all. He stopped at one of the stores and went inside and I took few more steps away. The alley is a bit dark so I stayed in one corner where he can not notice me immediately.
After 3 minutes of waiting he came out of the store and there I started clicking the shutter button until he made a turn. I guess, a better composition came out with his silhouette.
After more than a decade, I set foot on my hometown’s public market again. I was not able to roam around as my purpose was to purchase food for our 2-day stay. I just took photos of the vendors from whom we bought meat and fish thinking that I can still come back the following day. Unfortunately, time did not permit me. Nevertheless, I am happy with the outcome of these few photos.
My first try of street photography back in August, 2013.