Up before dawn (as usual), I went out meandering one weekend morning in Seattle.
Founded in 1907, Pike Place Market is one of the longest-running farmers’ markets in the U.S. It was borne of public outrage over the retail price of onions, which had increased tenfold over the span of a single year, and of farmers’ disgust in dealing with price-gouging middlemen.
It’s the heart and hub of the city, where fishmongers still let loose with a little call-and-response while dressing some of the biggest salmon I have ever seen in my life (after flinging the thing back and forth through the air), locally-famous musicians busk outside on the street, and I swear I could blow a paycheck in a couple of hours if I lived closer by.
Today the Market encompasses about nine acres in a multi-level arcade overlooking the waterfront and the Port of Seattle, and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
These were taken on Ilford SFX 200 (a “red sensitive” film) with a sizable zoom lens; an odd setup for shooting low-light in a city, but I always figure, Why not? (Actually, my attitude is closer to “you don’t boss me” and “oh yeah? who says?”…)
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Read all about Pike Place Market here.
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Overlooking Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market Predawn 2, 1, 3, 4
At Pike Place Market 2 & 3,
All images c. 2010
Pentax MX, Pentax-M 80-200mm 1:4.5 zoom lens
Ilford SFX 200
Handheld in available light
All scanned from the prints