Friday, 29 April 2016

Random Details In Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The quirks of life in the city, hiding in plain sight.

A couple dancing in a music video, being shot by a drone.

Remnants of a Communist past, Che poster and huge, red flag.

3D marketing, wedding dress mannequin outside on a sidewalk.

Demanding order at the gas station, a map sign at the entrance. Go with the flow. Another flow, a water vending machine.

Uniform shop. Huge cap.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

A Visit To Bishkek's Zoological Museum

If you're looking for some old-school taxidermy, there's nothing better than checking out a zoological museum in an exotic country. Forget interactive, think formaldehyde. India and Nepal have good examples of places preserving the fur. What you got, Bishkek?

Dark paneled cases, setting the mood. Classic.

Yes, fowl and fish. Nice school bus paint job on the bill.

Diorama time. Also time to water that plant.

Creative arranging and an expressive monkey.

Plastic grape motivation for a snarl.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Toying Around At Dordoi Market

What's the hottest toy in Kyrgyzstan? Some sort of Shrek-Donkey concoction, maybe some dog thrown in. What's your color preference?

Green, hanging out.

Another toy, Ball girl. Donkey, getting frisky.

Version with all the options, the complicated paint job.

"They're breeding!" Further mixing the DNA, going for the zebra look.

Still fighting for their piece of the toy pie, the kings of the stuffed jungle.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

People At DorDoi Market

Lots of interesting people to see at DorDoi market, both young and old, sellers and buyers.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Messing With Mannequins At DorDoi Market

You're selling clothes, scarves, maybe hijabs, chadors. You're going to need a model, preferably plastic and dependable. No lunch breaks.

You're busy doing the books, someone else needs to present to the public.

Go for variety - hard hair, soft hair.

Don't get more mannequin than you need.

Another angle. Full coverage? Propped and ever-ready.

Try to look life-like.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Fun Stuff At Dordoi Market

Too much of a good thing? When you've got miles of shipping containers with vendors selling everything possible, there are bound to be a few roughs in the diamonds.

Confident diapers.

Seasonal seats.

Questionable figurines.

Freaky feet.

Military toys. The side you're on? For a former Soviet state, go Russian or go home.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Portraits At DorDoi Market, Part Two

Continuing a romp around DorDoi market, checking out more vendors.

Fake flower girl.

Selling nothing. The lingerie woman.

Clothing guys.

Tape man. Selling stuffed animals.

Shipping clerk.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Portraits At DorDoi Market, Part One

The interesting vendors at Bishkek's Dordoi market present a nice variety of types, a real August Sander buffet.

Sandwich eater.

Tea cart woman. Rug man.

Clothing seller (with popcorn).

Figurine guy. Another clothing saleswoman.

Carpet liner supplier.

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