Apr 13, 2011

Shooting in Jagalchi Fish Market

Something about market life brings out the best in the photographer. Perhaps it’s the myriad colors of wares on display, the playful nature of the vendors or the easy-going community vibe that radiates from the core of it all. Fish markets add another element to the travel experience – something quixotic, a bit of the unknown – and Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan, the largest fish market in South Korea, provides the discerning eye a veritable sea of riches to explore and capture.
Highlights of the market include the always-raucous night auction, which comes to life after 11pm. Pack a wide-angle, high-speed lens to do the scene justice, and remember your rubber boots; it can get messy out there late at night. The hoe (raw fish) restaurants that line the causeway adjacent to the market itself are a great place to craft stirring environmental portraits and Nampo Port is a fantastic spot to watch the ships roll in and the nets roll off onto the docks, teaming with the catch of the day.

All good travel photographers know that variety is the stuff of legend and while big fish species are in short supply on the Busan docks (tuna and sturgeon are still under the dominion of the Japanese and the Russians, respectively) hundreds of other creatures provide wondrous camera fodder. Try your hand at shooting the smug pufferfish, the sea cucumber, the king crab, the giant prawn and the nefarious skate. After a long morning of shooting, take your catch to the second floor, where the lovely ajuma vendors will fire-grill your seafood and broil your fish for feasting. It certainly beats shopping for handbags and sweaters at Namdaemun.

Jagalchi Fish Market is located in Nampo-dong in Jung-gu, and Chungmu-dong, Seo-gu, Busan, Korea. The market is located on the edge of Nampo Port.

Visit http://www.jagalchimarket.org/ for more.

By Flash Parker

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