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Monday, July 10, 2006

Black Market at Barcelona Port

Black Market at Barcelona Port

A sepia picture of Barcelona Port, one of the places with greater affluence of tourists and black market dealers. People from diverse origin concentrate around here and participate in what is known as top manta, a term derived from the small blanket where they display their merchandise. There is a sort of simple mechanism with cords over the blanket to enable them to pick everything up very fast and carry it all simulating a bag. Although a law was passed recently by the City Council to eliminate such practices the fact is that it is still very common around this area and the city center.

11 comments:

  1. muy buenas fotos como siempre

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  2. Hey Bob! I'm really loving this sepia tone! It brings so much more character to the photo...great job!

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  3. Anne, you mean Carlos right? ;)

    We have the same 'business' men here in KL too. And it's a riotious sight when you see then pack up and run when the authorities come around. In the past they used to be Burmese and Nepalese vendors, now most of them are either Bangladeshi or Pakistani. The Nepalese and Burmese have since become waiters and cooks at roadside food stalls and smaller restaurants.

    They sell some fascinating things, don't they?

    Thank you again for the wonderful comments you gave me. They mean a lot as you are one of my much-admired DP photographers.

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  4. yep, we have the same black markets in Jakarta as well. We call the blankets 'lapak'.

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  5. hmm..i know we shouldnt encourage it, but i always find the black ones are much more interesting than the "white" ones

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  6. gorgeos frame, the sepia tones make it so interesting!

    sd

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  7. I always wondered how they were able to scatter so quickly.

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  8. Leave them be! is my opinion.

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  9. lovely sepia tone...classic looks....i like the sailboats on the marina in the background...great capture:-))

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  10. I love your photos, but the sepia black market is outstanding, picture and text.

    Visiting here from Blog Advance list. Also wondering why I move up and down on the list and at times seem to disappear. If you find out, let me know.

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