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Last day of 2005...
...business bustling in Pak Khlong market, Chinatown, Bangkok. A noria of traders and porters going through the alleys, you gotta be quick to shoot or someone will step over you. however I noticed this calmer place with a beautiful light contrast, where I could take some time experimenting high contrast shots.

For the record, Pak Khlong market is boasted as a tourist attraction, although if you come early you'd hardly see any gringo roaming in the alleys. It's mainly known for the impressive flower, cut or live, area but you get all sorts of goods a usual asian market caters from deliciously fragrant herbs to gory animal meat parts.

I suppose the western New Year's day is another opportunity for the supertitious chinese to catch some additional lucky spirits. There's no good or bad beliefs when it ends or starts with luck, health and money... A chinese dragon ran through the alley collecting money, some Pak Khlong people threw fire crackers, just in case it'd bring more luck, then the merchants offered the New Year spirits a pork head and a whole goat.

I thought the calendar New Year's day would have been left unnoticed in the chinese quarter : I didn't expect to see the high contrast between the civil day and typical chinese traditions mix up that way.

Not the worst aspect of globalization if you ask me.

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