‘Market Sellers’ celebrates the culture of the acclaimed historical market held in Brick Lane every Sunday. Often containing the same characters selling the same odds and ends every week, it is a place where little change occurs weekly, however in the long term this street culture seems to be disappearing. Huge business compounds are being built around these areas, the city is leaking in, but the market sellers are continuing to preserve their alternative and nonconformist charm that this market has always held. ‘Maria’ presented within this series is a portrait of an Italian lady whose trust I have gained allowing me to photograph her for four weeks. Maria sells her bric-a-brac on a blanket laid on the floor, she has to wait for a space to become available amongst the other stalls, as she is unable to get hold of a permanent license.
Thursday, 10 March 2011
My series 'Market dwellers' looks at the people who spend time at the market, not selling, and not always buying, but absorbing the atmosphere, people watching or taking part in the many social activities that occur. There is an interesting juxtaposition between the sellers who are dedicated to making a living and the ones for whom visit to spend their free time, both adoring the lifestyle for different purposes, yet similarly holding a certain eccentricity in their style and demeanour.