Thursday, 21 April 2011

Billingsgate Fish Market - London

Another early start for me this morning, this time leaving at about 3am to drive down to Billingsgate Fish Market in London. 

After already having been to a fish auction in Newlyn, Cornwall, I was prepared for the pretty horrible smell that I would have to get used to for the couple of hours that I was there! Although you never remember exactly how bad it does actually smell in places!

The market starts at 5am and runs through until 7am and I arrived just around am to find everything already in full swing. 

After speaking to one of the traders, a young guy, I found out that it is never normally as busy as it was today, however due to the fact that its the Easter weekend, everyone was out and ready to buy for either their restaurants or fishmongers.

The seafood sold at the market ranges from exotic fishes in bulk, through to pre packaged fish and oysters. All of which have come from many ports across the UK and the world. Lobsters from Canada and eels from New Zealand.

It was a great experience, and so bizarre to see so many people up and about as if it was the middle of the day!

So, here are a few images from this morning .. Captions to follow and there is potential that I will change an image or two for my final edit of 5!

Friday, 15 April 2011

Smithfield Meat Market - London

At just before 1am on Wednesday 13th April 2011, I left Cambridge to drive down to Smithfield Meat Market in Central London. Smithfield is one of the oldest markets in London, meat has been traded there for over 800 years! 

The market kicks off at around 2:30am - 3am and most trading is done before 7am, however some traders carry on until mid morning. 

The majority of the customers who were buying meat at the market were buying wholesale for either butchers or restaurants, but what makes the market even better is that any member of the public can turn up and buy meat from the different traders.

Most of the traders didn't have any problem with photos being taken, (as long as I had my 'Photography Permit' to show them) however, a couple weren't too keen! 

Anyway here are a few shots from the couple of hours I spent there. Captions are to follow and there might be a little change in choice of my final 6 images in the next week or so ...

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Tattoo Bob - Penryn

Tattoo Bob is an independent tattoo shop in Penryn, Cornwall. I photographed him at work tattooing two different guys. Watching a tattoo develop from start to finish was pretty incredible, and this dude had some skill!

Friday, 1 April 2011

Newlyn Fish Auction

Just a few more images from the shoot at Newlyn Fishing Auction: