Reflections on the Can Cau Market - Vietnam, Southeast Asia

Reflections on the Can Cau Market - Vietnam, Southeast Asia

Reflections on the Can Cau Market - Vietnam, Southeast Asia


The Can Cau Market is Vietnam’s most authentic and isolated open-air market. It is held only on Saturday every week and is located about an hour drive from Bac Ha in Northeastern Vietnam and nine kilometers from the Chinese border.

The market is spread out over various hillsides and features food, clothing and livestock.

This is not a tourist market where you come to buy gifts for your friends and family back home. This is where the locals go to buy and sell wild horses, pigs, chickens and water buffalo.

The colorful dress of the hill tribe ethnic minorities attracts many outsiders with the Flower Hmong perhaps being the most brightly colored. At the market they have makeshift stalls for barbers and I happen to get a nice image in one of their mirrors.

It took me a while to decide how to process this photograph. Originally I had processed this photo in color to highlight the traditional dress of the Flower Hmong, but in the end I decided to go with a bleach bypass look to reinforce a more storytelling image.

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Taken on: 5th May, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Sam Antonio Photography's page of Flickr

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