Photo Essay

Street Vendors

Street Vendors 6

One day I went to the ruins of Teotihuacan with my 12 year old niece. I was looking forward to taking photos of the pyramids, but her attention was caught by the amount of people selling handcraft, so she asked me to shoot this essay.

Then we went to different places and kept shooting people selling their own hand made items on the street. It's so hard to see their expressions and understand that most of the times these people are making a living on a daily basis, what they sell today is going to provide the money to eat that same day. Or if they are lucky, they will be making the money that will buy the food some days later.

These people spend their whole day in this same spot, sometimes with their kids. They eat there and even nap, since they don't have a crowd in front of them all the time.

The worst part is that tourists tend to bargain with them and not with the established businesses, and of course in order to sell something they lower their prices sacrificing sometimes some tortillas.

I hope this photos show you a bit of the sacrifice that these people have to make to earn what usually is the only meal of the day, if you can call some beans and tortillas a meal. Next time you travel to a country where there are street vendors, think twice before bargaining with them.

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4 responses

  • Spectre Photo

    Spectre Photo gave props (15 Jan 2009):

    An excellent photo essay that has more sentimental value with me more than you may know.

  • Michael Adams

    Michael Adams gave props (15 Jan 2009):

    Great photo essay. I really like the toning of these pictures!

  • William Chu

    William Chu said (15 Jan 2009):

    Javier, you have a kind heart. Yes, I am totally sympathetic to them, too. This is a terrific essay, and the photos are first rate.

  • Javier Salazar

    Javier Salazar said (15 Jan 2009):

    Thanks a lot guys! I really appreciate your comments.

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