The floating market in Pontianak city, western Borneo. Less known than those in Thailand and Vietnam. At least in 1976, when this picture was taken, there were virtually no tourists visiting Pontianak, just south of the Equator. It's a city on a river, criss-crossed by river tributaries and canals.
This was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.
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aadilj (18102) 2008-07-23 1:32
Seems like quite a crows of colours, hues and textures all so well judged and so carefully packed in the single frame. great composition indeed.
jasmis (58022) 2008-07-23 3:02
A huge amount of exotics. Superb wide presentation. Really an impressive one.
bantonbuju (51815) 2008-07-23 3:05
increadible feel to this image - the 1970s in the air, for sure... how different is the "good old" transparencies taste....:-))
best wishes, j.
Maged (1921) 2008-07-23 3:26
Hello Dear Gert
Excellent shot , I felt in first looking , that i saw a movie , excellent POV , with pretty colors and comp, full of active and life.
Very Well Done
nirvana73 (0) 2008-07-23 9:22
very nice daily life
another one documental shot from you was taken 1976
When I am in 3 years old
boa (7375) 2008-07-23 11:01
you have so many fantastic photos ! This photo have a lot of atmosphere with all boats and people. It must have been real interesting to be here in 1976.
Thanks a lot for sharing.
SteveH (6269) 2008-07-23 23:45
Hi Gert, This is a very interesting looking city. I wonder what it is like now. I wish I'd extended my recent Indo trip... cheers, Steve
COSTANTINO (64788) 2008-07-25 1:34
at first thanks a lot for sharing your photo
because this one has too many details to
describe and discuss..I believe that it is a great experience all this..
Graphic composition from daily life
MayaG (2413) 2008-07-30 14:44
a piece of world I would definitely want to see someday. I love the greenish cast (from the film I suppose). I know all the advantages of a razor sharp, digital image, however I really love seeing film images here on TE. Lovely scene and perspective:)
saxo042 (37874) 2008-08-04 1:49
An interesting place! Are there any places to walk here? What are those buildings to the left? A fine photo!
edytungkal (4551) 2008-10-22 19:14
This place is similiar to my come from in Sumatra Island near Batanghari river, this shot really reminded my chilhood many years ago. You have scanned it very well maybe only abit lack of sharpness because of the age so i have did a ws and hope you like it.
Well done Gert, thank you for the shot...
kschanna (6) 2009-01-08 1:19
I aimed to visit your archives and stumbled upon this one which is a very good exposure and very well composed. I imagine it was your journalistic streak because of ehich you went off the well trodden path but tell you what! its worth it because you can discover gem of places like this one.
Thanks for sharing
Disabled_A (0) 2009-05-07 23:41
Hej again, Gert,
another "random" thumbnail photo which I couldn't help opening and wondering again how many more photos in your gallery I have not seen yet?? :)
From the point of view of the quality of the scan and PP work, I agree with the WS version. But I am more interested in the perspective! with all these endless boats along the river, with stalls and people... A peculiar atmosphere, a capture which somehow makes an impression of a scene in some movie.
Have a nice day! :)
soel (0) 2009-05-24 16:47
I speechless see this picture, its great atmosphere from the past.
I am from This City (Pontianak) when you was taken this picture maybe i just several month old.
So sad if see this place right now, The river is full with dirty water and garbage, no more boat across this river. Totally different with situation on this picture. I have many picture of Pontianak city from the past, but only BW not full color like yours.
I hope you can upload more picture from "Old Pontianak", to make young people like me remember how beautiful Pontianak city at the past.
tomauer (316) 2009-09-26 20:23
Great scene. Nicely composed... Great colours, love slide film :). Sad to hear (from above comment) that this area is in dispair now...
Truth is their are water markets still around who don't have tourists everywhere. The Philippines has some in the south, China, Malaysia.. And to an extent Brunei (Kampong Ayer, however you sometimes see tourists their as its advertised for such visits).
Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.
abmdsudi (53693) 2010-11-14 7:29
Browsing 'thru your old wonderful photos and come across this floating market of Pontianak which i have never been to. what a nostalgic atmosphere, can sense the noise, color, of this very lively market, look at rows of wooden stalls very genuine, and I like those similar design canoes probably typical of this place. Today after 34 years guess what changes have taken place here, I can only imagine, Gert. Another good doc shot worth sharing, Congrats
batalay (38777) 2012-05-12 16:29
The sheer mass of humanity, it's astonishing. I wonder how this particular canal looks after 36 years? Warm regards,
serp2000 (44075) 2015-04-21 7:34
Perhaps it sounds some strange but I have never been on the floating markets. Although I was in Thailand, Laos, China, India etc.
This is chaotic but very interesting daily life scene.