Sunday, August 26, 2012

My first visit to a Local Fish Port

I have always wanted to visit a fish port and to see the activities between the fish retailers, fish processors and institutional buyers. The last time when i actually planned for one was during my visit to Japan. Tsujiki Market was in my itinerary but due to the inconvenience of travelling, i had to drop the plan.

So when Ben initiated a visit to a Local Fish port, I took the chance to check out the place. 
We reached the Port at 3am and it was already buzzing with activities. The vessels has already dock and landed their first catch at the port. 
Everyone was moving quickly in the Port to get the best deal.

At a place with very dim lighting and quick movements, photo taking wasn't easy. Not to mention, how photo unfriendly the place was, so flash photography was absolutely out of the picture. I had to push my film all the way to ISO 3200 which also explains the high contrast and imbalance exposure.

Its Photo intensive as i shot 2 rolls of film here...

Outside the Port, the unloading of fishes in carton..
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Laying the fishes in their own territory for sale..
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Some of the smaller and inferior fishes are sold in basket.CV25mm f4 (37)

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Only Towkay gets a seat.. CV25mm f4 (10)

Literary, the bosses are always behind the desk and they are the person to approach if you would like to buy their fishes..
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An area where they clean the fishes...
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Buyers choosing the fishes carefully.. CV25mm f4 (44)

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Closing the deals.. Jurong Port

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I noticed that apart from us who has the least interest in buying the fishes, there are also others who are not interested in buying fishes. They actually offered trolley services to fish buyers. For a tip like $2, they will help to load the fishes to the buyer truck.. CV25mm f4 (3)

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By around 5pm, most of the stall would have been vacant. The tiresome look from the sellers due to the overnight activities marks the end of the day activity.. I am as well tired after this 3 hours of monitoring and photo taking session... CV25mm f4 (46)

As i bring home this series of photos from the 3 hours session, bundled together was the fishy smell that cling on to my shoes, bags etc...

R2A, CV 25mm f4, 75mm f2.5
Ilford Delta 400 @ 3200, HC 110


  1. Excellent series!
    The graininess and high-contrast of the pushed film suits the gritty nature of this fish-port very well!

    Good variety of shots and coverage!