DOUAI MARKET, NORTHERN FRANCE: Douai existed in Roman times, believed to be a fortress known as Duacum. It was a bustling textile centre for hundreds of years. The town was partially destroyed in 1918 during World War I. Traditional community markets are still found throughout northern France. Local fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheese, cured meats and live animals can all be found at these quaint markets. This market in Douai is centrally located. My friend and I wandered the market taking photographs of the many sights and sounds. People were literally lined up to buy live birds, including this one that was quickly stuffed into a box for transport back to someone’s backyard— or kitchen.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 70-300 lens at 127mm, 1/250sec, f32, ISO 2000. Image by John Ecker | pantheon photography