Daru Island – Market Scene
SAGO VENDORS: A man and two ladies sell sago, a staple food among Papua New Guineans. The pulp from the trunk of sago palm is extracted and dried then wrapped in leaves then packed in big rolls for display at the market.
06 September 2015, Daru Island: My vantage point at the balcony of my hotel in Daru is elevated but is situated at the back of the traders. Nevertheless, using my zoom lens, I had to satisfy my ‘photojournalism itch’ and tried to compose photos of early morning activities at the open market below.
Two ladies attempt to place a tarpaulin cover over the goods they’re selling. Unable to do it properly, they gave it up and waited for the men to do it.
Trader families bring their goods from their houseboat to the market early in the morning and then patiently wait for buyers. This lady has two rolls of sago and a few bananas left to sell.