The Don Wes Flea Market is less than a 10-minute drive from our RV park. It’s name is derived from the fact that it sits on the border of the communities of Donna and Weslaco. There are two other large flea markets nearby, but this one is our favourite, and a favourite of many Winter Texans.
As I’ve noted in previous blog posts, when doing street photography, I like to render my photos to black and white. One of my reasons is that I think when my photos include strangers going about their day, black an white gives them more privacy. That’s just a “quirky” thing with me.
The only thing is, in photos like the one I used for my feature photo, when there are bright things like fruits and vegetables, black and white seems to take away from the photo. Do you agree or do you like the black and white better?
The market has a large outdoor patio with picnic tables, a dance floor, great live entertainment, bbq, and an all-round happy vibe.
In addition to the rows of outdoor vendors, there’s a large indoor area with a good variety of products and a little restaurant/bar that also has live entertainment.
Over the course of the winter, we visit Don Wes often. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours and get in a few steps in the process. The atmosphere is festive and welcoming and we always find something there that we “absolutely need”.
I love a good flea market. Is this one only open on weekends? I think fruits and vegetables are best shown in color. Black and white gives a sense of “old” to me. That’s why I would use black and white – to evoke that sense of old. I think if the only reason to use black and white is to provide more privacy for the unidentified people in the picture, that may not be the best reason to use it. Other strategies may be better – asking for permission, cropping, distance, blurring their face a bit, etc. However, you are the photographer, not me.
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This flea market is open seven days a week, Betty. Thanks for your take on the black and white/colour photo question. I think I agree about the fruits and veggies. I guess I didn’t express myself well about my preference to use black and white for street photography. The privacy thing is only a “quirk” I have and certainly not the only reason I prefer black and white for street photography. Since your comment, I’ve edited my post to more accurately say what I meant. Thank you for pointing that out 😊 I follow many street photographers on IG, and the ones I tend to be drawn to are the ones who use black and white rendering exclusively. As you said, it also adds to the sense of “old” in some photos. Have a great Sunday!
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