Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Maltby Street Traders - Food (photos) Find

This 'Food Find' is a bit of a tease as it is to alert you not to a specific food, producer or trader, but to a unique record by Bermondsey-based photogrpaher Tif Hunter.  My only excuse for labelling this a Food Find is that Tif's project captures a food community in the form of the Maltby Street Traders.  A regular at the Maltby Street arches on Saturdays, Tif has paused individual traders in the midst of their busy days at this wonderful food hub in Bermondsey.  These are far from ordinary portraits.  The strong, arresting, even beautiful, images are achieved using a 19th century camera allied with polaroid film, which produces both a positive and a negative image and a high level of focus.  The photos appear on the website Spitalfields Life.  It's an on-going project so if you like what you see, check back later in the year for more.  Spitalfields Life is updated daily by 'The Gentle Author', with 'goings-on' on the streets of the Spitalfields area of East London.  It's a great read and, truly, all human life is here.