Traditional Market in Bandung at Midnight
“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter” — — Alfred Eisenstaedt
11.59 post meridiem : It was really alive. They talk to each other, on the joke, and speak loudly, even half shout. If we talk about this place, none other than to be in the difficulties of interaction between sellers and buyers, bargaining. This place is also reminiscent us of a crowded situation, diverse smorgasbord of foodstuffs. In fact, it’s not far from the muddy, smelly, and dirty atmosphere moreover when the rainy season arrives. Even so, it is still a market that never deserted by people.
Being in the Jalan Rajawali Timur, Jalan Kebon Jati, also from Jalan Sudirman, This market is the most western market of Bandung. Andir and Ciroyom market, they are adjacent.
All traders blend, in a butcher stall, plenty of fresh meat with rancid smelly blood. Next to it there is a vegetable stall with green flies that settle turns. Terribly smell mixes perfectly with dried fish of merchant stalls which adds to the stuffy atmosphere.
A place of human-human interaction, there are bargains to have its own art — Meanwhile supermarkets make you obey the rules — The traditional one seems destined for the middle to lower. However, this is where the retailers, smaller merchants, achieve a living. Here you can get the local wisdom that is beginning to fade these day. Perhaps messy, but still respectable.
Always remind us in elementary school with the legendary phrase “Ibu belanja ke pasar”
Night owl : A theater that starts from dusk to dawn
It is really challenging to shoot in this place, moreover at night. Luckily, the light was good. It is still acceptable to shoot even with not so big aperture and standard focal length. The most challenging part is the interaction — At least I tried to click with the people — sometimes I just bought some stuffs from them to interact and make a little conversation. This is one of my way to click with people there — I’m not good at socializing with new people I have met btw —
Moreover, I candidly shoot and sometimes there is a voice after the shutter take photos just like “aduh, dipoto euy” and smiled at me, yeah that’s the fun part.
I just trying to hide my chunky gear as discreet as possible, flip my strap, and no chimping!
“I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.” — Bruce Gilden