This week I set about logging a mini proposal of our individual project idea onto google drive. For this, I visited the market on two different occasions to gather some inspiration on the type of tradesman and people I was going to photograph. As a fashion and portrait photographer I would like to use my skills to explore and capture portraits of individuals within the market. From my perspective, it is not the building that makes the market but rather the people inside. The market lacks a sense of colour, personality and in my opinion is relatively dull and unattractive to the eye. For this reason, I am interested in exploring how individuals and their characteristics bring life and sense of welcomeness to the market. I also think as the photographer in the group, it is my role to photograph people of the market as it is these images that will allow future generations to look back at the archive and gain an understanding of their role within Huddersfield Market during the year of 2020.
In preparation for my visit, I researched into documentary photographer Tom Wood. He documented Liverpool’s Greater Homer Street Market during the 1980’s and 90’s. He captured generational women and their relationships within the market, believing his portraits were a tool for capturing and preserving the distinctive identities within the market for future generations to look back on. This concept resonates with our current project which is why I was interested in his style of photography.
(Wood, n, d.)
(Wood, n, d.)
The British Journal of Photography . (2018). Tom Wood: Women’s Market . 1854.photography . https://www.1854.photography/2018/11/tom-wood-womens-market/
On visiting the market twice however, I found it extremely difficult to engage with the stall owners and even the general public passing through. I found many people were intimidated by my camera and hence refrained from stopping to speak to me. I also feel wearing a mask made it more difficult to engage with people and portray a friendly approach, due to the fact I couldn’t smile.
During our group meeting I addressed the problems I had faced and felt comfort knowing some of the other members of the group were facing the same problems and inability to communicate due to restrictions in place with Covid-19. We negotiated the outlines of the brief and came to the agreement that our work does not need to document a specific trader or stall, but rather it can portray anything related to Queensgate Market. I think it is important that our group were able to recognise some issues and quickly solve the problem to ensure the brief is accommodating to everyone.