On Sunday I decided to travel to the nearby town of Rayong, the town is located in the Eastern Seaboard part of Thailand. So at 5.30am I got out of bed, got the gear together and off to Rayong. The mission was to take pictures of the fishing boats arriving with their daily catch and then off to the fish market to see the action unfold. It was still dark when I arrive at the port, but while i was looking around the beach area I stumbled on another photographer who was out with his camera’s. I had a quick chat, asking what time the market started it’s auction of the fish. What surprised me he wasn’t sure, being Thai and from the Rayong area I would have thought he would have had an idea. Anyways it is always very nice to meet another photographer and exchange ideas.
Moving on to the port and the fish markets was the next point. With the boats coming in to the dock, the hustle and bustle started. The Thai people are very welcoming with a person with a camera, always ready to chat and share a joke or two. Once into shooting the atmosphere was electric with the bidding and joking go on with all the people. I then noticed that the guy I was talking to early on had arrived. He was amazed at the whole operation.
For me the whole experience was fantastic and of course a connection made with a fellow photographer.
The number of people involved in the fishing port process was enormous. However, the wages (salary) of these workers is very low for the amount of hours they have to do to earn any money. With the minimum pay per day at 300baht ($9) the people really work hard to put food on the table for their families. Maybe fruit for another blog on the pay for Thai workers. Anyways lets not get into this issue with this blog, lets stay on track.
Wherever you are in the world when you get the chance to go to a fish market, the photo opportunities are great. I enjoyed every minute and you never know one or two connections can be made.
To finish a few imagines from the morning.