Beast of Burden by photosbytony
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Featured in “Film Photography” 9/20/11
Featured in “A Street Story” 10/28/12

The wholesale market for produce and other foods was in “El Centro” Mexico City. The population of Mexico City was about 12 million people. The produce from the rural areas was shipped and distributed to warehouse in this area and then the traveling markets would pick up their goods here and travel to different neighborhoods every day and set up a street market. Where I lived Markey day was Tuesday and we would be woken up early by the sound of the vendors setting up in the street outside our apartment. The street was closed and the market went on for 4 or 5 blocks, produce, meat, fish, spices, even live chickens, it was all there. My job was to accompany our house keeper/ cook/nanny for my son to the market. She would visit the different vendors, pick over the vegetables and bargain for the best price, when she was satisfied she would tell me the price, show me the tomatoes or whatever and wait for me to approve. Of course I always approved and pulled out the money needed and gave it to her. I did share in carrying the bags. We did the majority of our shoppinmg at this market. She never wrote anything down, carried no list but it always worked out perfectly and she was a wonderful cook. The central market was so congested that the trucks could not get near the warehouses. In this photo a porter is carrying crates of oranges on his head to one of the orange warehouses. They did this all day at a brsck pace and never seemed to tire. Most of them were of Indian descent and it made you believe the stories you would hear of their stamina. It was said the Aztec Indians would run fresh fish from Alcapulco to Mexico city for the Aztec leader Moctezuma.
Nikkormat 50mm Nikkor lens, Tri-X film

The wholesale market for produce and other foods was in “El Centro” Mexico City. The population of Mexico City was about 12 million people. The produce from the rural areas was shipped and distributed to warehouse in this area and then the traveling markets would pick up their goods here and travel to different neighborhoods every day and set up a street market. Where I lived Markey day was Tuesday and we would be woken up early by the sound of the vendors setting up in the street outside our apartment. The street was closed and the market went on for 4 or 5 blocks, produce, meat, fish, spices, even live chickens, it was all there. My job was to accompany our house keeper/ cook/nanny for my son to the market. She would visit the different vendors, pick over the vegetables and bargain for the best price, when she was satisfied she would tell me the price, show me the tomatoes or whatever and wait for me to approve. Of course I always approved and pulled out the money needed and gave it to her. I did share in carrying the bags. We did the majority of our shoppinmg at this market. She never wrote anything down, carried no list but it always worked out perfectly and she was a wonderful cook. The central market was so congested that the trucks could not get near the warehouses. In this photo a porter is carrying crates of oranges on his head to one of the orange warehouses. They did this all day at a brisk pace and never seemed to tire. Most of them were of Indian descent and it made you believe the stories you would hear of their stamina. It was said the Aztec Indians would run fresh fish from Alcapulco to Mexico city for the Aztec leader Moctezuma.

Nikkormat 50mm Nikkor lens, Tri-X film


Comments

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 3 years ago

    WOW, and the donkey is a man, a young man with a very strong back. Are those the Yams from the Yam warehouse?

    mmm, an old favorite song too.

  • Thank You Frannie, think they are the Yams but not 100% sure. Glad you like the song !! :0) tony

    – photosbytony

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 3 years ago

    This couldn’t be anything but a “photo by tony”. I knew straight from the thumbnail this was going to be yours. As always, fantastic tones and ‘decisive moment’ you’ve captured! I miss seeing your articulate ‘travel log’ descriptions right next to the image – but this still speaks for itself.

    That is an incredible load he is towing – looks like very hard work!

  • Thanks Damienne for the great comment. Think you are right people are going to miss the comments the way it is set up they’ll just skip right by. tony

    – photosbytony

  • Jeff Stroud
    Jeff Stroudover 3 years ago

    Tony,

    Once again such depth and character ! Wondrously captured!!

  • Hi Jeff, how was the hurricane ?? Thank You tony

    – photosbytony

  • Thank You Jeff. How did the hurricane treat you ?? tony

    – photosbytony

  • Farfarm
    Farfarmover 3 years ago

    Ohh..Tony he needs a helping hand…!!! … not a photocorrespondent named Tony..LOL..just joking :)

  • LOL Thanks Michel ! I thought I was in pretty good shape back then but I couldn’t even have gotten that load off the ground let alone walk away with it. tony

    – photosbytony

  • Jeff Stroud
    Jeff Stroudover 3 years ago

    Tony,
    Our local area did not get hit too bad with the hurricane, north and south of us had flooding and down wires… a few deaths…

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago

  • Thank You Steve ! tony

    – photosbytony

  • sentimentum
    sentimentumover 3 years ago

  • Thank You Sentimentum, Proud to be Featured ! tony

    – photosbytony

  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
    Thomas Barker-...over 3 years ago

    Excellent work. I invite you to submit this to Male Appreciation We are creating a portrait of all men and their relationships to themselves, each other, their wives, partners and their worlds. This would add greatly to that portrait. Thanks for your consideration, Tom

  • Thought I did Thomas but guess I missed it ! :) tony

    – photosbytony

  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
    Thomas Barker-...over 3 years ago

    Now I am going to pester you again, This would be perfect for another of my groups that I am just starting to rebuild and can end up quite exciting Speaking Photos

  • Thanks for the heads up, not pestering at all ! :) tony

    – photosbytony

  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
    Thomas Barker-...over 3 years ago

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