I love local markets, and with a bounty of photo opportunities, Nice’s Marché Aux Fleurs does not disappoint. Filled with so many different products from the region…the sights, sounds, and aromas are intoxicating…not to mention a string of colorful umbrella tops and interesting vendors all coming together for a fun and vibrant Riviera atmosphere.
From where I was positioned for this shot I had a great view over the square. The parade of activity was interesting to watch, catching glimpses of people and vendors through the maze of stalls. I happened to catch this particular gentleman as he was getting ready to clean some fish for a purchase that was taking place just out of frame. Well, I’m assuming that’s what he was doing anyway…he could just have well been a member of the mafia, and those were his tools of torture beside the bucket, with an accomplice lurking nearby in the shadows. hehe
I hadn’t ever given much thought to this picture until recently, and although I’m not really sure why, there’s just something about the daily life aspect that has rejuvenated my interest.
Now, if you’re wondering about the title…it’s kind of a play on words. Leaning on the name of the well known fairy tale “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and combining it with an actual fish, that being lox….this guys naturally curly hair (a.k.a. locks) and his given profession seemed like an amusing tie in…or maybe not, it’s just my goofy humor at work!? :)
Thanks for stopping by.
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lousat (77804) 2014-05-13 1:40
HI Jason,the pic is very good but you note are surely better...i laugh reading what you wrote...ehehe....i like a lot street markets too and i like your pic very original,it's nice to see something of different! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Sergiom (61132) 2014-05-13 4:53
J'ai eu le plaisir d'y aller à quelques occasions. Le samedi matin est vraiment super. Il y a beaucoup de monde et effectivement, les couleurs et les odeurs prennent la vedette. Ici, tu avais tout un point de vue.
jhm (140054) 2014-05-13 5:18
You found a worker, the most picture are without workers.
Sharpness and clarity be superb, nice daily life picture.
A nice composition, lovely presentation
Very well done, TFS
ikeharel (58195) 2014-05-13 6:24
candid camera par-excellence, Jason, the guy wasnot aware you were ambushing him from a high POV.
I try not to do such stuff - but cheers for the courageous photographer.
holmertz (41737) 2014-05-13 7:33
I thought the title was mildly funny, but since I didn't know about "The French Fish Connection" I didn't realize why it was funny :-).
This composition may not be quite as strong and immediately catchy as your most recent uploads, but it's alwasy fascinating to watch people busy with things without knowing someone is keeping an eye on them.
Cricri (107274) 2014-05-13 9:34
Hello ami Jason
Je vois que ton imagination travaille :-))) tu trouve qu'il a une tête a faire partie de la mafia??? quoique il est peut être là incognito , non sans blague, n'est t'il pas charmant avec ces cheveux bouclé, j'aime le POV pris de haut comme le cadrage serré, la lumière et les jeux ombres, pour l'odeur ce n'est surement pas aussi fort de là ou j'était à Bouzigues, punaise a faire tomber les mouches :-)))
Belle soirée mon ami du soleil..........pfff il pleut encore
nikkitta (14858) 2014-05-13 14:17
Poor guy, working or just washing his hands while you admired his hair and composed a funny note about it,how scared would have been ( well written?)if lifting his head and see the camera pointing at him and behind a big pale person
But quite agree about markets being the source of great scenes and the way to know people and what they eat
From the far south
mirosu (14512) 2014-05-13 21:38
Excellently captured local market seller. I'm sure he did not notice your photo action. The high angle viewpoint and the tight crop is superb. Nicely arranged in vertical format.
Very well done.
mcmtanyel (14123) 2014-05-14 18:36
I was about to say that you caught him with his hand in the cookie jar, but that's probably a clam bucket. Interesting POV, nice combination of colors.
ourania (32083) 2014-05-16 2:21
fish markets and the people who work there are always interesting for me -I think I've mentioned before that I don't even mind the smell of such places at all:) I like very much the way you used your downward point of view for this candid portrait. The naturalness of the scene, the light and the colours is wonderful. The gentleman stands out so well against the background shadows and I marvel at the way his feet fit in the frame. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,