Intense & Intimate

Market vendor selling vegetables in Singapore: bitter gourd, tomatoes, bok choy

I don’t always get a chance to chat with the traders. For instance, just as I took this photo, a flock of older Chinese and Malay women surrounded me on all sides and essentially nudged me from the scene so that they could pick through the vegetables while firing an endless bullet of questions to the uncle (such as how much each & every thing cost).

The energy is intense and intimate.

Taking my cue, I stepped aside and bid him adieu from the back of the crowd.

After all, the customer is always right!

Shopkeeper Stories is a photographic documentary of small business owners with their trades around the world, sharing their views on business and life. You can catch all the posts on Facebook and Instagram @ShopkeeperStories. Enjoy!


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