Photographer's Note

This picture will not appeal to dog lovers amongst TE members, but it is a typical ‘daily life’ shot from a Laotian market. This woman is selling a small dog cut up into pieces in a Vang Vieng market. She is waving a plastic bag tied to a stick over the body parts to keep the flies away.

I didn’t actually realise it was a dog that she was selling as I was wandering around the market taking pictures of the vendors. It was only when I scanned this photograph and blew it up on my computer that I noticed the dog’s head and legs in the foreground, and then realised that the rest of what she had laid out on the newspaper were the rest of its body parts.

I sort of felt sorry for the woman, wondering whether she was so poor that all she had left to sell was her dog. And this was the way in which she could maximise her financial return. Or maybe it was a stray she caught on the streets. As in parts of China and Korea, dog is considered a delicacy in Laos, so for the locals this sight is nothing unusual. I felt sorry for the dog too, wondering what she would do with it if she couldn’t sell the meat.

I don’t have exposure details for this as it was shot on film in 2002. The DOF is fairly shallow, and having focused on the woman, the dog is a little out of focus – but maybe that’s just as well ;)

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