A couple weeks ago I went to the gritty Pasar Loak (used market) near the Alun-Alun (downtown) area of Malang with one of my teachers. It was mostly a cultural slash wandering excursion, and our aim was to get lost in shops and maybe stumble on a decent used camera buried among the rubbish. We did find a few old cameras, but nothing worth anything, as these were likely actually pulled from the trash somewhere else in the city. The shops are various: some sell specific used motorcycle parts and accessories — only helmets, fenders, chains, or side-panels — and have a distinct chop-shop feel, while others sell electronics, clothes, bikes, fruit, or small animals. You can get your palm read, buy some snake oil (no kidding; or maybe snake meat is more to your liking? — your choice), or just grab a bowl of something fried, hot and spicy to eat.
I spotted these overturned-basket cages with colourful roosters just after the chop-shops. I’m not sure if this man was an owner, but he wanted me to get a better look at the birds than I was getting through the cage bars. It seems he also knew that the pair would make the best looking photo I would get that day; he wasted no time posing for this shot.