Thursday, 18 August 2016
The "Galiff Street Pet Market" in Kolkata is a big draw for pet lovers and hobbyists. It is held every Sunday morning on Galif Street in northern Kolkata. While primarily a market for ornamental fishes, Galiff also serves the needs of people interested in pet birds, pups and flowering plants.
This is primarily a photo essay using images shot with a mobile camera - the Moto X Play. Those interested in the history of Galif Street and the mystery behind the name can visit my blog entitled "Unfathoming The Mystery Behind a Street Name – 'Galif Street" at the link: http://galifstreet.blogspot.in/
A few words about the Moto X Play's camera. The unit carries a 21 megapixel sensor with a fixed aperture of f/2.0. It is easy to use and I enjoy handling it. Noise is controlled but the absence of RAW capture makes it less than perfect.
Time then to share a few images shot with this mobile device!
Ornamental fish dominate this market with both retailers and whole-sellers being equally active.
Fish for sale are mostly displayed in oxygen-filled packets
which are hung from crossbars or against walls of buildings lining the road.
Some of the building inhabitants take scant interest in the proceedings
While the sellers get busy explaining the merits of their wares
Not every merchandise is adequately displayed, and there are a fair amount of pots and pans pressed into service as well
Customers include hobbyists and those who earn a living from the business
And if they are not here to buy fish, they can go back with some fish food
But not everyone comes looking for ornamental fishes.
Pigeons, especially, are a big draw amongs fanciers
Further down the road you will find rabbits and Guinea pigs on offer
And no pet market can be complete without pups on sale
The incense sticks, perhaps, bridging gaps that the talcum powder cannot fill.