The Crab Stand – Liuhe Night Market


I took a little walk with the Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 today and ended up at Liuhe Night Market. People were just starting to gear up for the evening crowd so it was interesting being out early people-watching. I was intending to just photograph and return to my current base but I saw this guy behind his stand and I tried to ask how many crabs you get for NT$150.

He took that as “oh, you want NT$150 worth of crabs? Ok!” and started cutting paper, gearing up…I wasn’t really hungry, but I guess I’m having crabs now.

Luckily, I found a great place to stand as he started frying up the crabs! I was in a Classic Chrome mood today; low saturation, vintage documentary/environmental portraiture style of shooting. I’ll post more later; it was a good day to be out photographing!

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5 comments

  1. I am so glad the rice worked and the camera’s taking pictures because this is one of my favorite shoots to date. This is really good and I absolutely love it.

    I mean, a bunch of your shoots quickly become “this is my favorite” and they’re STILL my “favorite” if I go back and look at them but I don’t care. This is my favorite in the moment. 😉

    • I actually “laughed out loud” reading what you wrote about your favorites 😉 I’m glad you love it – what is it that appeals most? The color, subject, setting, something else?

      • It tells a clear story and it’s engaged with its subject. Each picture captures a moment in time very clearly and each stands out on their own but together comes together to make a whole greater than the sum of its parts.

        All in all, it has that ineffable “something” that a professional photographer should have when making a travelogue.

      • That’s a really good description, thanks for the feedback! I’m going to start doing this a bit more – telling short stories, rather than summarizing my entire photo day in a long one plus a big ol’ gallery. More photo essays – might have a more cohesive feel, as you say 🙂

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