An evening exploration to the Russian Market in Phnom Penh quickly turned in to a meat, seafood and vegetable observation. I had originally planned to visit the Russian market to look at clothes, fabrics, trinkets and enjoy a dinner. But our driver dropped us outside the market, where locals were manically searching for their weekly supplies.
Mopeds buzzed up and down the narrow path between stores. I could hardly walk a few steps before being bumped into by a motorbike or a people hurrying around in a frenzy trying to collect their fruit, vegetables and meats.
The vivid colors of the market blew me away and if they didn’t the rugged nature of local practices would’ve. Women sat cross-legged atop tables covered in meats they had expertly sliced with cleavers. Western food safety is out of the window in a market like this.
Small children tried their best to help their mothers amidst the craziness of the bustling crowds.
Despite the vibrant colors and overload of the senses I couldn’t help but notice the daily grind shining through many of the vendors. It was the end of a long day and the struggle of fatigue could be seen on the faces of many.
I was welcomed and received many smiles in what was a predominantly Cambodian environment despite fashioning my camera. As with everywhere I have experienced so far in Southeast Asia, the people make the place and this market is full of energy, vibrance and hard work.
All photos were taken on my Sony A7ii with a 55mm Zeiss 1.8