Fish markets always offer enticing images. And fish sellers - around the world, almost always women - are usually content to be photographed.
This tiny fish market is in a dingy courtyard behind a temple off Chennai's Eldams Road. I came across it by chance late in the afternoon, and there were two well stocked women-run stalls and two men who descaled, gutted and chopped up the fish that customers bought.
One of these men boasted of being the 'cutting master' - disembowelling, filleting and dicing the fish so the purchases are ready to cook.
And he was keen to show off his prowess with a cleaver.
As for the fish on display, well Chennai is on the Bay of Bengal and renowned for its seafood. Fish stalls are always a mix of the appetising, the intriguing and the grotesque.
This small fish market was both tucked away and not particularly well patronised - perhaps I came at the wrong time. But because it wasn't busy, the stall holders had the time and inclination to humour me. Thank you!
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