Commodity City

COMMODITY CITY from Jessica Kingdon on Vimeo.

Commodity City is an observational documentary exploring the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesale consumer market in the world: the Yiwu Markets in China. The film explores moments of tension between commerce and individuality, between the goods for sale and the humans who sell them.

Incredible piece. A wormhole on another world. Zoom it out, full screen. Lots of great detail in these almost-still images.

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Kashgar markets

Kashgar: Busy markets

My flickr contact choongching took this amazing image in Kashi, Xinjiang, China.

While the image may be out of focus with exposure issues it is so incredibly fascinating I had to post it here.

The baby, the bag (grandma) is holding on the scooter, the women driving the scooter but a man’s face with sunglasses in the left rearview mirror, the young girl with leggings, the young (girl?) pulling up her pants, grandma, the little boy seeming to spot the camera through the crowd, the guy on the right gesturing, the Prado sign. What a great mix of things going on here.

Note: One of the many reasons I love Flickr is that I have contacts and connections in all corners of the world. The images that these folks post are not put through a photojournalism filter, they’re just scenes from lives in different places. It’s brilliant and I’ve been watching many of these feeds for close to ten years. Flickr remains my very favorite social network and the only one I take seriously.