The Tapestry Of Life.
Pudu Market Photo Essay - Part 5.
To experience life, one must navigate the Tapestry of Life under the umbrellas of Pudu Market. By foot, as it was the only way to explore the nooks and crannies and the secret world underneath. No single
umbrella or stand tells a story by itself. it was the sum of.
I first came here as a six year-old kid, clinging to my mother's hand. Bewildered by the activities around me, it left an unforgettable impression.
With rain, the place was again damp, filthy, foul smelling, the road full of water logged potholes and there was a horrifying smell of blood in the air. Carcasses of slaughtered animals, feathers, scales, fins, hair can be seen everywhere. Space was tight and the languages
of foreigners were strange to a child's ears.
I hated it. The tapestry of life woven tough and unchanged.
Today, nothing much has changed except the stalls around the Pudu Market building (seen here in the center with the arched roof) have increased significantly.
As I grew older, I begin to appreciate its many haphazard layers that
is representative of the sheer diversity of our country.
There is one subtle, unrecognized change. It is no longer an exclusively Chinese wet market. I like this photo and story-telling opportunities it presented.
It is a macrocosm of our universe.
There is beauty in its chaos, if we look deeper. It reminds me of the big market in Phnom Penh and the colourful random ones I visited in the vast countryside of Vietnam.
If you have budget to visit only one traditional market located in a South-East Asian country, come to this one. It is the quintessential wet market. You will see why in the photo essay I was going to present.
Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 250, f6.3, 1/250 sec.
Image reprocessed from the Raw file.
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