We love wandering through markets, and the ones in Bangladesh stand out for two reasons; firstly, they’re very raw – by that I mean everything and it’s working are on show – live animals tied up or in cages witness their fate as butchers work at the same stall; and secondly, perhaps because we’re so obviously foreign, the stallholders invited us to take pictures of them, or of their fellow sellers.
Just by being curious, smiling, and saying a few words in Bengali, we got some amazingly candid photos. Here are some of our favourites from the markets of Bangladesh..
The first seller in Bangladesh to request his portrait from us – Betel leaf seller, Dhaka
Then the two guys at the next stall wanted their photo taken too – Betel nut sellers, Dhaka
Butcher having a cigarette after a hard days work, Dhaka
More friendly butchers, Dhaka
This whole spices seller saw us taking photographs and quickly nipped back into his stall to get his photo taken as well, Dhaka
Florist making a sale, Rajshahi
Entrepreneurial jaggery (uncentrifuged sugar) seller who stopped us walking past so we could sample his wares then happily posed for a photo, Rajshahi
One of Julie’s favourite portraits, a poultry seller, Rajshahi
This lovely greengrocer who was pointed at by all the stallholders around him to have his photo taken. He didn’t say a word or break his smile. Rajshahi
Our favourite of a line of fishmongers in Rajshahi. Cross-eyed and still has all of his fingers!
When this coconut seller asked for his photo, I gestured for him to hold a coconut as his stand was quite sparse, and look what he pulled out – what a lovely pair! Dinajpur
We love the early evening light and the beaming smile of this greengrocer in Dinajpur.
Young chicken seller, Dinajpur
A very happy fishmonger having a tea break, Dinajpur
Father and son grocers, Dinajpur
Very good value greengrocers, Dinajpur
Onion and garlic seller, Dinajpur
A herb seller emanating inner peace, Dinajpur
Fruit seller hanging bunches of grapes, Dinajpur