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International Market: Bell and Kont

Posted: February 24th, 2011 | Filed under: great face, mini-feature, restaurant, retail | 3 Comments »

We had a very productive day today with this project. This morning, Jon and I photographed performance artist Tom Mason in Shelby Park (to be published later, with video), then grabbed some fine lunch at Turnip Truck in the Gulch, then made our way over to photograph Mike Grimes at Grimeys (to be published later). Then out to Trader Joes to try to convince this guy that works there to allow us to photograph him; “Please say yes, you have a great face”. Then back to International Market to buy a rice cooker for a party; while we were there, we saw Kont and Bell behind the counter, and asked if we could photograph them.

I’ve eaten a thousand meals at International Market over the years; (Tom Yum and Ka Pow). Whenever I order from the kitchen, Kont usually brings me the meal out, and we have this ritual where I thank her, and we look at each other and smile, and she says, “You’re welcome”. It’s just a nice little dance we do; so sweet and kind. I found out today that Bell is from Thailand, and Kont is from Laos. Kont doesn’t speak much English, so Bell stayed with us and translated. (Mostly, I just waved my arms, smiled, and talked louder than normal, as if that would help). We photographed them both out on the sidewalk in front, on Belmont. We got off about six or seven sheets of each one, before they had to go back in to work.

Was a very good day.

Bell grew up in Thailand.

Kont grew up in Laos.

3 Comments on “International Market: Bell and Kont”

  1. 1 Michael Prince said at 4:44 pm on February 24th, 2011:

    I think I am in love with Bell.

  2. 2 Edie Tobias said at 6:28 pm on February 24th, 2011:

    I am now looking forward to each new post on “my day with”. Such beautiful dreamy portraits today. Absolutely stunning work, Mark.

  3. 3 diana stewart said at 7:20 pm on February 24th, 2011:

    me too.