© 2011 Jacco

Market – Specialités

Staying with the “market” theme while moving from Dutch markets to French markets.

Alternative title: Market – A lesson to learn.

Well, yes… I find it easier to take the picture while the merchant is looking the other way. Any way other than mine. So that’s when I took the shot.

But now, when I look at it, I think the image would have been better, stronger when there had been some kind of interaction. The merchant looking my way, towards the camera. Or the merchant attending to a customer. Without the interaction, it is just not the shot I would like it to be.

What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Why?

Anyway, that explains the alternative title.
I will try to shoot this differently in the future. If I remember this lesson, that is…

Bronica RF645, 65mm, Ilford Delta 100.


  1. Posted August 14, 2011 at 15:54 | #

    dunno, but maybe interaction would have made it more a portrait, now it's more about the visual of the rows of jars. I like it the way it is!

  2. Posted August 15, 2011 at 08:55 | #

    Thanks, Saskia. Well, I admit that that was the visual cue that triggered me to take a picture, the rows of jars. Still, in hindsight I thought it might have looked better to have the seller look proud of his rows of jars. Without letting him pose, of course.

    Maybe I'm being too hard on myself…

    Anyway, glad you like it.

  3. Posted August 16, 2011 at 22:50 | #

    I do agree that the rows of jars form a worthy image of their own. But there's no denying that the seller is visually quite present in the picture, so in that respect he could have been better 'composed', for lack of a better word.

    And, yes, that is a hard thing to do, I'm sure I would have the same problem 🙂
    No need to be too hard on yourself, nonetheless I think your own analysis was quite right.


  4. Posted August 16, 2011 at 23:21 | #

    I'll try to remember at least this part of your message:"No need to be too hard on [my]self". 🙂

    Hm, what was the message again? :-/

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