I had heard of the Paranaque Fish Port and market and seen photographs of it but never made it there myself until the 2016 Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk when this was the venue for one of a dozen or more photowalks around Metro Manila. Local street photographer Joel Mataro was leading this one and he invited me to join. So at 6AM a group of around forty photographers descended on the good people of Paranaque.
Walking to the port though the streets of Paranaque took us past the city jail which is built right on the street front. Some of the inmates were gathered around the barred windows on the second floor just watching the world go by. I’m guessing they hadn’t seen too many ginger haired, pale skinned Irishmen in that particular neighbourhood and I did wonder what they made of me and our large group of camera toting locals.
Traders and buyers at the fish port itself displayed an admirable spirit of tolerance, given how many of us were poking cameras in their faces and generally getting in the way, remaining welcoming and willing to pose throughout our time there. At 6AM the market had already been open for a couple of hours and though it was still busy it started to slow down a little shortly afterwards. By 7AM the customers were thin on the ground and the traders were cleaning up. Here are a few of my favourite shots from the day.