The main market of Siam Riep covered a whole block. Around it’s perimeter were stalls that mostly sold dry good, like this seller of tens of varieties of rice.
And this cart selling satay.
But the inside of the market is what really came alive. The fish market with crabs, shrimp, eel and fish of every size. And lots of stuff I couldn’t identify.
The chicken stalls where plucked chickens were washed and then displayed, feet up.
In the middle of it all sat this seamstress, working away at her sewing.
The fruit and vegetable market with many varieties of bananas, mangosteen and dragon fruit.
And stalls that sold pickle-like snacks that were super popular with locals. This lady waved a plastic bag on a stick and lit a candle to keep flies off her goods.
I moved between many different stalls over the course of the afternoon and sketched the individual sellers. Its always a bit of a balancing act, with my sketchbook, pens and watercolors in a place as crowded as this, but I really enjoy the experience of standing up close and capturing the action. It helps me capture detail and gesture and draw in little stories around these quick portraits.