June 7 - 13, 2015: Issue 217
PAGE PARK MARKET - RABAUL
Entrance to the Page Park Market - Rabaul
PAGE PARK MARKET - RABAUL
by George Repin
When travelling into a community in another culture, or in a foreign country, I always seek out and visit the local markets – whether fruit, vegetables or other produce, fish, meat or as so often happens, mixed. I am interested to see what is grown or produced locally and brought to the market for sale. This gives me an indication of the diet of the local people. It should not be surprising that there are significant variations in the dietary scene from place to place because of climatic and local conditions but, on the other hand there also are similarities, particularly in relation to basic aspects of diets.
I enjoy the atmosphere of the markets, the liveliness, the interactions between the traders on the market floor and their attitude to potential buyers. It is impossible not to notice the different ways that goods are displayed – some with meticulous care and even artistry while other traders are quite cavalier and seem to have a “take it or leave attitude”.
The markets provide excellent opportunities for photography and, for the most part, the traders are only too happy to have their offerings photographed provided that care is taken, not only to seek permission but also not to intrude on their personal privacy by including them in photographs unless they specifically request it.
With that introduction a selection of photographs taken at the Page Park Market in Rabaul are included in this article to show a little of the range of produce displayed but also in the hope that they will be of interest to readers if only as visual images.
Photographs taken by George Repin in April, 2015
Various types of "greens"
Ground Nuts (peanuts)
Fresh green ginger
A variety of aubergine
A variety of green beans
Betel nut fruit with a few mustard seed pods
Mustard seed pods
A pre-prepared "take away" meal - Fried Fish and Banana
A pre-prepared "take away" meal - Tapioca and Fish
Previous Reflections by George Repin
The Nineteen Thirties Remembering Rowe Street The Sydney Push Saturday Night at the Movies Shooting Through Like A Bondi Tram A Stop On The Road To Canberra City Department Stores - Gone and Mostly Forgotten An Australian Icon - thanks to Billy Hughes Crossing The Pacific in the 1930s Hill End The Paragon at Katoomba Seafood In Sydney How Far From Sydney? Cockatoo Island Over The Years The Seagull at the Melbourne Festival in 1991 Busby's Bore The Trocadero In Sydney Cahill's restaurants Medical Pioneers in Australian Wine Making Pedal Power and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Pambula and the Charles Darwin Connection Gloucester and the Barrington Tops A Millenium Apart Have You Stopped to Look? Gulgong Il Porcellino Olympia Durham Hall Sargent's Tea Rooms Pie Shops and Street Photographers The Ballet Russes and Their Friends in Australia Hotels at Bondi Alma Ata Conference - 1978 Keukenhof - 1954 The Lands Department Building and Yellowblock Sandstone The Goroka Show - 1958 A Gem On The Quay Staffa The Matson Line and Keepsake Menus Kokeshi Dolls The Coal Mine At Balmain The Hyde Park Barracks The Changing Faces Of Sydney From Pounds and Pence to Dollars and Cents Nell Tritton and Alexander Kerensky Making A Difference In Ethiopia William Balmain J C Bendrodt and Princes Restaurant Azzalin Orlando Romano and Romano's Restaurant Waldheim Alcohol in Restaurants Before 1955 King Island Kelp The Mercury Theatre Around Angkor - 1963 Angkor Wat 1963 Costumes From the Ballets Russe Clifton at Kirribilli Chairman Mao's Personal Physician The Toby Tavern The MoKa at Kings Cross The Oceaographic Museum in Monaco The Island of Elba Russian Fairy Tale Plates Meteora Souda Bay War Cemetery Barrow, Alaska Cloisonné Tripitaka Koreana Minshuku The Third Man Photographs and Memories Not A Chagall! Did You Listen? Did You Ask? Napier (Ahuriri, Maori) New Zealand Borobudur Ggantija Temples Plumes and Pearlshells Murano University of Padua Ancient Puebloe Peoples - The Anasazi Pula The Gondolas of Venice Cinque Terre Visiting the Iban David The Living Desert Bryce Canyon National Park Aphrodisias The Divine Comedy Caodaism Sapa and local Hill People A Few Children Cappadocia Symi Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre Aboriginal Rock Art on Bigge Island ANZAC Cove (Ari Burnu) 25 April, 1997 Hotere Garden Oputae Children of the Trobriand Islands
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