Monday, December 8, 2008

Fruit seller

We walked into the back doorway of the El Mercado de Los Angeles from the parking lot. I'd never been there before, and the crush of people and the confusion of the parking cars was a little disorienting. We left the car and headed for the first open door - it turned out to be the hallway where you could buy little snacks and refreshments.

I loved the colors in this display of packaged fruits, and another nearby table with vitrolerios of aguas frescas.

So I took some photos. It was difficult, because the crowd was pushing, so I quickly snapped some at random and moved on. When I got home, I found the photo above of the young woman fruit seller, giving change to a customer.

I love the look on her face. I recognize something that I have been, or felt - our shared humanity, womanhood, girlhood. Her expression connects with the man buying fruit, but also conceals an inner, hidden self no one knows but her. She is fully and completely Herself.

9 comments:

Liz said...

You always have the most colorful and interesting pics to go with your posts. I so enjoy your blog.

sealaura said...

great shots! I love all the colors! Aguas frescas! the girl looks genuinely happy for sure.

CIELO said...

Hi, came to invite you to a party... ;) come show us your home treasures.... read all about it at the house in the roses..

cielo

phd in yogurtry said...

ooh, those colorful plastic stacks of fruit. gorgeous! and yes, you captured what looks like an enthusiastic expression. maybe she's got a date after her shift? or maybe she just hasn't grown cynical like so many of us. myself included.

JCK said...

Love the pictures, G. Especially the young woman's expression that you captured.

pinkkandy said...

i am late at looking at pink saturday...thanks for stopping by..hope to see you Saturday

Kate said...

"She is fully, completely Herself." I love that. I went back to the picture of the girl and you're absolutely right. I get it. Great post.

Carmi said...

Great suggestion for the candid theme! I'm glad you reached back into the archives for this. What a delightful series!

A Paperback Writer said...

Oh, this is very nice.