17 October 2015

Plucking Bangkok's Flowers

Pak Khlong Talat is a market in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand, that sells flowers, fruit, and vegetables. It is the primary flower market in Bangkok and has been cited as a "place of symbolic values" to Bangkok residents. Though the market is open 24/7, it's busiest before dawn, when boats and trucks arrive with flowers from nearby provinces.

Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald, people, closeup, street portrait, Thailand, Bangkok, flower market, flowers, saleslady, flash, 50 mm prime lens, florist
Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald, people, closeup, street portrait, Thailand, Bangkok, flower market, flowers, saleslady, flash, 50 mm prime lens, florist
Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald, people, closeup, street portrait, Thailand, Bangkok, flower market, flowers, saleslady, flash, 50 mm prime lens, florist
Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald, people, closeup, street portrait, Thailand, Bangkok, flower market, flowers, saleslady, flash, 50 mm prime lens, florist
Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald, people, closeup, street portrait, Thailand, Bangkok, flower market, flowers, saleslady, flash, 50 mm prime lens, florist
Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald, people, closeup, street portrait, Thailand, Bangkok, flower market, flowers, saleslady, flash, 50 mm prime lens, florist
Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald, people, closeup, street portrait, Thailand, Bangkok, flower market, flowers, saleslady, flash, 50 mm prime lens, florist
Facing the World, © Matt Hahnewald, people, closeup, street portrait, Thailand, Bangkok, flower market, flowers, saleslady, flash, 50 mm prime lens, florist
The market accommodates both consumers and wholesalers and has a wide variety of customers. Many local florists and flower lovers visit the market in the early morning hours to stock their shops and houses for the coming day...

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The market has a long history. During the reign of Rama I (1782 - 1809), a floating market took place on the site of the modern Pak Khlong Talat. By the reign of Rama V (1868 - 1910), it had changed to a fish market. The fish market was eventually converted to today's produce market, which existed for over 60 years. Eventually, the market's focus has shifted from produce to flowers which range from local species (e.g. jasmine, chrysanthemum, gerbera, orchids, roses) to imported species (e.g. tulips, snapdragons, iris, lisianthus, delphinium).

Props and accessories for flower arrangements are also plentiful, whether vases, flower pots, floral foam, ribbons, florist wire, twigs or all kinds of decorative leaves imaginable. If one visits the market, one will be able to see the pretty Thai florists and flower arrangers working on delicate garlands and intricate displays.

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Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; photography; photo; image; spectacular; outstanding; fantastic; favourite; superior; excellent; brilliant; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Nikon SB-400; flash fired; prime lens; 50mm; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal format; closeup; portrait; portraiture; street; headshot; en face; indoor; colour; cultural; character; personality; real people; human; human head; human face; human eyes; mouth; teeth; lips; facial expression; eye contact; consent; empathy; rapport; encounter; emotion; fun; mood; tourism; travel; market; Pak Khlong Talat; Flower Market; Bangkok; Thailand; flower arranger; flower seller; flower girl; one person; female; adult; young woman; posing; smiling; beautiful; fabulous; attractive; joyous; enchanting; charming; hair

Street portrait photographs of Bangkok's beautiful florists in Matt Hahnewald's
Flickr Album 2015-10a Plucking Bangkok's Flowers
Street portraits from Bangkok's floating markets in Matt Hahnewald's
Flickr Album 2013-04a Savouring Thai Floating Markets

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