While photographing 'bikes of burden' in Saigon, Vietnam I heard a bit of a commotion behind me. When I turned around there was this street vendor selling live king cobras (or perhaps more aptly their blood) on a busy street corner in the back-packer area of the City. The commotion was a result of the gathering crowd. She was only a few meters behind me! I swung the camera around and grabbed a few shots before this hapless snake came to an abrupt end. It was slit open and its blood collected in a glass jar. The blood was sold to a passer by, no doubt for a handsome profit! In the large sack were a few more cobras and in the small sack were dozens of smaller (no doubt equally venomous) snakes. Imagine a scene like this on the corner of Oxford and Regent street in London!
I have blurred the background and converted it to monochrome in Photoshop in order to let the vendor and her wares stand out clearly from the background.
Visitors to Saigon beware!
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