I was walking through St Georges market in Belfast, surrounded by nothing but people and food. Smells were everywhere; freshly baked breads, earthy smells from the freshly dug vegetables, the smell of the sea from the sea food caught hours earlier by the fishermen from Portavogie. Some of it still moving! The place was full of chatter, stallholders going about their business, selling the fresh produce; shoppers chatting, laughing and sampling what was for sale. People meeting for their weekly gossip update.
For me as a photographer, it’s a joy to visit with all its colour and vibrancy. Stallholders couldn’t be more helpful and friendly, I think I have even managed to blag my way onto a fishing boat for a days shoot! With my past record it will have to be a flat calm!
I was sitting having a cup of coffee and a pastry watching the world go by when it dawned on me! This is more of a lifestyle choice than it is about getting the groceries in. It’s as much about socialising and interacting with other people as it is about buying your fresh produce for the week.
Yes – you can get your food from your large multinational store but it’s more of a chore to be endured rather than enjoyed.