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Marketplace (March 17–20, 2005)

Stéphane Negri

Chocolate Market Place

Mario R. Navarrete-Benítez

Market for Everyone

Xalapa, Veracruz, México

Sunday, March 20,2005. 1:15pm local time

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As in ancient Mexico, we still have the marketplace day where small farmers and some actual indigene sell on the floor or over folding stands their own production. All of them are from around town and join in a specific street and for all day long, that street is the marketplace, depending on the day is the street, Sunday in the north of the city, Tuesday near downtown, etcetera; that way, small producers are available to all population.

This is the typical market in my town; we call it "mercado sobre ruedas" which means moving market, do not translate it literally please and is known to be cheaper than other markets and with better quality by freshness.

We may found in them traditional herbal medicine, some grains as rice, beans, corn, tortillas, spices, women making food, fresh fruit like oranges, apples, papaya, pineapple and vegetables like onions, chayote, carrots, tomatoes, natural chiles jalapeños, and some comestible flowers like the "flor de calabaza", "gasparitos" and "xaxanas"; several kinds of mushrooms and nopales also, some times we may found small farm animals like little pigs, chickens, guajolotes -turkey- and even fresh meat and day fish over blocks of ice.

This is one of those markets where you may see all the above and beggars and musicians are part of the environment. In my web site you could see the others markets from my town.
In my web site you may find more panoramas like this and hi res pictures of the activities of my city in the middle coast over the rain-forest of the Gulf of Mexico, visit it at http://www.ixalapa.com

Take a look at my web site to visit my city virtually !

Location

Latin America / Mexico

Lat: 19° 32' 24" N
Long: 96° 55' 39" W

Elevation: 1430 metros over sea level

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Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

Equipment

Canon EOS Digital Rebel with 18-55mm lens, on a 190D Manfrotto Tripod without nodal pano head. Edited on a G4 Mac

Behind the scene : how this panorama was made

Was a nice sunny day, after a rainy week, normal in a city in the last drop of the rain-forest; before i did the photos i talk to the people around to have their permission to take the pic, you may know that some people does not like to be in pictures, specially the "indigenas" so in every shoot i did i ask for authorization to avoid troubles, some times people give it, a lot of times they go angry and refuse; in this special pano the selling people was around my age (30y/o) and some younger, to my surprise all the younger and i mean all, use the net, even the kids around 8 years old which parents sell flowers or traditional medicinal herbs, amazing! isn't it? well, the lady who sell on the floor say ok, the others around agreed to be in the pics too and when i was positioning my tripod i saw a men begging standing up i saw him and asked him for authorization to be in the pic too, he smile and say that there was no problem happy to be considered as part of the subject or environment that my market has, even he straightened a little and stand still posing to my series of pics =) in a very proud begging modeling if i could say that, the people around was saying Hi to the camera, the girl who sell "nopales" and edible flowers on the floor with yellow shirt, ran to next stand and leaved her sister standing up, but my beggar, stood still; so my market has a little bit of everything, you may see all kind of vegetables that small producers from around my city sell, some people buying in the traditional mexican way, some modern indigenas (natives from here, now mestizos) selling direct on the floor and a very proud begging men which gives my market place panorama an incredible human touch, so from the real Mexico (not the one that is promoted by the tourist agencies) and the people which live here, be welcome to the heart of my city.

Thanks to [agradecimiento]

Thanks to Roger Howard & Landis for the technical tips to do a small size in kb image and FOV information and to Toni Garbasso for taking some time to fix the deformation in my pano. Thank you.

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