Markets Part 1: Food Markets
7 Mar 2011
In a new town I always go to the food market, because that is where you start to get under the skin of a place. If you want to know somewhere; go to the market. This is where the housewives are, and the merchants. This is where business is at its most basic level. There is barter and bargain, there is bustle and hustle. This is where the ordinary citizens are, those that belong.
I have wanted to do a project on markets for a long time. But the subject is ever expanding. I started in small suburban markets, graduating to great city markets, going backwards from the retailers to the wholesalers. But they were always food markets. But markets are much more than this. Now I have to go out and capture markets in raw materials, cattle markets, wheat markets, tobacco markets. Then I will tackle markets in goods and their precursors that have nothing to do with our basic sustenance: automobiles, cloth, metals. Later I will be moving in doors, away from the smells and debris, away from my comfort zone, away from the street, into panelled halls. Later, there will be virtual markets, trading exotic intangibles, futures and derivatives. How do you photograph intangibles? I will stray even further, I will have to learn new cultures, know different people.
This is going to take a long time, and a good deal of valour that I have yet to find.
Until then permit me to make a down payment with images of the citizens that belong in food markets.