I thought that this image was a bit of fun. The woman is selling fried spider as a snack. They are a type of tarantula and about the size of your palm. The market by the roadside in Skuon sells a variety of uncooked and cooked meats, vegetables, eggs etc. but it is the spiders that draws the tourists. This tourist not only showed a lot of interest, he actually bought one to eat. You can probably guess that I didn't.
Skuon is in the Kampong Cham Province of Cambodia and on a highway that connects Phnom Penh with Siem Reap. The town is also known as 'spiderville' for obvious reasons. Spiders are eaten in other places in Cambodia but Skuon seems to be the centre for the breeding of (or foraging for) these spiders.
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Eric_vd (289) 2012-11-18 10:52
Great image of the local community and habbits, i wouldn't eat the spider either.
Well composed and colorful photo, well done!!
serp2000 (44734) 2012-11-18 10:55
Attractive street scene, I remember my experience with the fried insects in Chiang Mai (Thailand). Good capture, fine details!
mesutilgim (95854) 2012-11-18 11:00
Not too appetizing for my taste but very nice capture with perfect pov and perfect layout. Good layout and perfect sharpness. Short byt interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2012-11-18 11:09
wow... What a dish... Think very much interesting to eat, though never tried! You composed it using a nice POV. Depth and colours are fine. A nice story telling photo... Tfs.
Have a nice time.
tyro (25954) 2012-11-18 11:09
Oh, dear, Ann, I am so disappointed in you! And I thought that you had a sense of adventure?
But, no, I rather suspect that I would have run a mile and certainly not have gone close enough to shoot this picture at a focal length of only 17mm! Brave you. Yukk!
But what a fabulous photograph! The fact that we can see neither of the persons' faces doesn't mean that we cannot fully appreciate the dialogue going on between the seller and the tourist: it also makes the viewer concentrate on the true subject of discussion too - that horrid mummified arachnid held aloft while its companions lie piled up on a plate swimming with liquid grease.
Definitely a wonderful picture, especially as its subject is not, thankfully, the sort of thing we see too often in these parts. Also excellent composition, good colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
batalay (39309) 2012-11-18 11:59
Excellent slice of life photo from Cambodia. I feel vicarious satisfaction that you decided not partake in the delicacy! Twenty years ago, while attending a conference in Seoul, I was wondering around the poorly lit streets with two friends. We decided to taste an unfamiliar street delicacy that a queue had formed to purchase. If we had waited to see what we too bought, we certainly would not have chewed on living insects collected from the barques of trees.
willperrett (11298) 2012-11-18 14:31
Not one for the squeamish, the vegetarian, or both! As you say, it's a bit of fun, but also an interesting street image. I realise that grab shots of this kind can't be choreographed, but it would be nice to see a face! Nevertheless, this works as a piece of acute observation.
npecanhuk (75592) 2012-11-18 15:23
Curious, interesting and fun... really!
I wouldn't eat one of those either... ever...
In Peru, I loved all the local food, but I didn't eat guinea pigs, for example... they were so cute alive but dead... they looked like rats!
Great picture with excellent photo quality!
TFS - congrats,
zoomer (6) 2012-11-18 16:03
Hi,this is a funny scene.This seller of fried spiders would have to have a shakespearean command of language to convince this tourist of the mouth-watering qualities of her crispy imtems.Superb photographic quality and composition,with friendly regards,Wolf.
delpeoples (58866) 2012-11-18 20:09
Wow, now this is not something you see every day. Spidey snacks. Think I'll stick to my Monster Munch, but wow, look at those little critters. I wonder how you'd batter them? A really fun shot, and very out of the ordinary.
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-11-18 22:07
Hello Ann - I have not had the pleasure (?) of eating spiders but I have tried the deep fried crickets... a littler bit nutty but the legs got caught in my teeth! I was unaware one was supposed to remove the legs before eating the body! These look altogether more challenging and I think like you I would pass.
A fun shot where cultures clash over lunch!
Warm regards Rosemary
emka (101039) 2012-11-18 23:57
Hi Ann, I am disappointed as John that you didn't try such delicacy. Joking, of course. In Cambodia they jhhave strange thiongs, like grilled bats and scorpions. I had no courange to try any insects. But mmost disgusting thing of all are for me the boiled eggs with almost ready chicken. I saw it in Thailand.
In Africa I ate various meats - warthog, crocodile, oryx, springbock - pity for the animals (hypocrite :))
excellent scene. We can recognize who is local and who is turist by shoes.
Royaldevon (40418) 2012-11-19 1:13
Oh, Ann, this reminds me so much of 'An Idiot Abroad' with Karl Pilkington, when he was innocently introduced to foods, like this, that made him wretch! It makes you laugh, in the security of your own home ... maybe a little more challenging when actually there!
However, a great shot with the close-up details so sharply captured and very nicely angled across the frame.
Have a great day,
snunney (101826) 2012-11-19 2:24
Oh, ye of little faith, though I can't say I blame you! The square crop is well used to concentrate the attention on the two protagonists. I like the interaction between the two. Very well presented daily life image.
Sergiom (83003) 2012-11-19 5:36
Pas vraiment sur que j'essaierai, quoique la friture doit leur donner une texture intéressante.J'aime beaucoup cette belle scène de la vie quotidienne à cet endroit.
Nicou (145294) 2012-11-19 6:29
je crois pas que j'arriverai à magner cela qulle compo de cette vendeuse avec l'homme et son beau châpe superbe scène et iamge mangigique.
Bravo et amitié
holmertz (55091) 2012-11-19 7:44
This is an intersting and informative picture that teaches us something about the world. It's also well composed with the two persons forming a diagonal and the exotic delicacies well seen in the centre. I like the obvious connection between seller and buyer. I am just slightly disappointed by your lack of interest in the local gastronomy. First thing I did in Canton (Guangzhou) was to have dinner at the snake restaurant :-).
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-11-19 9:39
Awesome documentation of the daily life people! There are some delicacies from my old country, the Philippines, that I'm not very fond of. I don't know if fried spiders are product of taste or needs. Great pov and it has good dof with sharp details. Very well done, tfs.
saxo042 (37902) 2012-11-19 10:02
This looks interesting! If the locals eat this, I believe I would try this too. Looks like small crayfish, maybe they taste similarly. And it can´t be worse than the Swedish sour Baltic hering! The picture is very nicely composed with a clear imaginary diagonal line between the two characters here. This line is enhanced by the arm of the seller. Very good colours!
dkmurphys (60871) 2012-11-19 10:11
I do not like spiders, any kind of insects or snakes but I like your capture. A nice daily life scene, very picturesque.
Have a fine evening.
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-11-19 15:53
I'll admit to being tempted, Ann - if offered, I'd likely take a bite. Perhaps I'd regret that later, though.
I really like the pose you've captured these two in. The lack of facial expressions doesn't matter at all; the whole scene is expressed by positionality, and expressed perfectly. The spider itself makes a brilliant focal point, right at the two thirds mark and held aloft, balancing the two main figures. Nicely captured!
Miguel82 (27646) 2012-11-19 16:03
Nice document showing markets I like with original stuffs to eat or taste
Good framing, colorful clothes
Nice contrast, excellent sharpness
abmdsudi (55722) 2012-11-20 1:11
This image gets viewer to focus straight onto the main interest something unsual but common scene here. Good framing, sharp and excellent exposure control and good coloring. A fine daily shot full of local flavour although I miss their faces. Well donet, Congrats
CLODO (34928) 2012-11-20 2:55
thank you to make us discover the world, but I fancy something different for my lunch!
Very good framing including seller and customer, with the link between them: 2 big spiders!
macjake (69877) 2012-11-20 8:14
now this is a truly cultural photo!
When i visited Thailand, I experienced the same sort of thing, but not with SPIDERS!
What i'm really curious about is what is that orange juice!????
very interesting scene!
fabbs99 (17167) 2012-11-20 11:17
Very unusual kind of snacks,but certainly must be nutritious.The frame is perfect with good light management and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
thebest (4276) 2012-11-21 3:42
I know that many strange things are eaten in this wide world of ours - I feel ill just at the thought of consuming a fried spider - awful!!!
Apart from the shrivelled up little critters this image is fun - simply - as the young woman is trying to convince the man that these critters are GOOD to EAT.... he's simply not buying it!!!
Excellent POV - interesting notes & content.
Kindest regards Ann,
Silvio1953 (146855) 2012-11-23 8:33
Ciao Ann, not good food for me, I prefer mediterranean cousin, great view of seller in action with improbable snack, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Waylim (25502) 2013-02-12 9:26
Ah yes, the deep fried spider. I wonder what "Spidermand" Thinks :)
I'm from that part of the world and I have eaten many wierd things, grasshoper and some other insect, but it is the first time I tried spider in Cambodia. It was okay, mostly because it is deep fried and it is just cruchy, the taste is mostly of old and the saurce.
Anyway a nice documentary shot showing daily life on the market.