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Cusco, Day 12

Finally – here we go! Yesterday and today I went to three markets that couldn’t have been more different: in San Jeronimo at the wholesale market, there also at the district market and today in Huancaro at the farmers’ market, crazy, full, lively, huge. It was a lot of fun!
In the first picture you can see Polaroids, they serve as a guide for the exposure setting, even if they are sometimes still quite wrong, I can use them as a guide.

And this is what it looks like on site:
the reward was coconut water, which I love so much.
No coconut palms grow at this altitude of 3,300 meters, but at about 600 meters, in the jungle, the selva, as it is called here. This farmer, who can be seen in the (coconut) picture on the far right, traveled 5 !!! hours to sell her produce. hours to sell her goods. The market opens at 4:00 a.m. That is also remarkable!
And once again: by the way: the pictures show wonderfully what can happen when you go to the hairdresser with a limited vocabulary and answer the question: “How do you want it?” with “corto” (=short), unfortunately I had pointed to the area above my ears, but of course I hadn’t thought of this shortness … well, they are growing again …

The following situation can be observed at the wholesale market: Sacks of potatoes have to be transported, from the store to the trolley or vice versa. The sacks in the pictures weigh around 135 kg, it is unimaginable that anyone could carry them.

Spending two days out and about with the large format camera was a lot of fun! There are many remarkable things to experience: some people don’t want to be photographed at all, some with a bit of persuasion (my crazy good Spanish) do, and many have fun with it and therefore with me. After the shoot, I give all those portrayed a postcard from the many other countries that I already have as a card. And this is where something really great happens: the people portrayed are very happy about this gift. In the case of the fish seller from Spain, I had to explain in more detail what was in the bags of water hanging above the stall and why they were there (to keep flies away, if anyone would like a reminder, link here, last picture in the compilation). The joy and enthusiasm was great every time, the postcard was often shown to neighboring stands. With these photos, the sellers in Peru were able to see what stores and counters look like in other countries around the world and how the goods are presented there.
And now to a very important topic: women usually stand (or mostly: sit) at the stalls. My photographic series has so far been disproportionately represented by men, but here in Peru it is the women who sell, trade and organize the goods.



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