England Part 3: Trip to Market

June 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

There are so many things I love about England. I could write for days about every aspect of English culture and it's hybrid post-colonial culture infusions. When I decided to start practicing street photography, I *knew* that it would really begin to unfold whilst I'm abroad. 

This is how I see England in the city. 

 
Bow Garage, London 2014Bow GarageBow Garage, London 2014 Bow Bus Garage was converted from the Bow Infirmary Asylum in 1908. It has been suggested that a suspect in the "Whitechapel Murders" was once housed at this asylum. (http://eastlondonhistory.com/2011/06/16/the-east-end-street-where-you-live/)

Saturday was a delightful day! Shane and I spent the day with mum, Kel, Ry and Lex. Ry and Lex have a new flat from when I was here last and it's adorable! We met up around noon and had a cuppa, then went to Roman Road Market. Roman Road is located in Bow. Also in Bow and just a few steps from the market is Bow Church. According to locals, anyone who is born within 50 metres of the Bow Church bell ringing is a genuine Cockney. However, there is some current dispute if it is indeed the Bow Church in Bow, or the Bow Church located at Bank.

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Rubbish and Art, Bow 2014Rubbish and ArtRubbish and Art, Bow 2014

 

Frenglish Entry, Bow 2014Frenglish EntryFrenglish Entry, Bow 2014

 

 

 

We had a wander through the graveyard and then made our way to the Roman Road Market. Roman Road market is the first open-air large market I have seen. When I was at Covent Garden Market last January, it was for about 5 minutes and it was all indoors and about to close. There's also a small market here in Harlow as well as an occasional international market (I've seen the small one, but not the international one). I digress.

Roman Road, Bow 2014Roman Road MarketRoman Road, Bow 2014

 

Fur Handbags, Bow 2014Fur HandbagsFur Handbags, Bow 2014

 

 

 

Getting to walk around Roman Road market with my UK family was delightful. I got a gorgeous pair of sterling silver earrings for £5. Everyone went into a shop to pick up some grocery items. I decided to start skulking between the stalls. It's hard to shoot in a market without people seeing you. I've definitely found a challenge I like, though. I get a kick out of capturing the "gotcha" moment. 

Untitled Street Photo, Box 2014UntitledUntitled Street Photo, Bow 2014

 

 

 

After we wandered and shopped, we headed back and picked up a snack from the chippy - where Mr. Chip Shop man was tickled pink to discover I am American and insisted we take a photo together. I think it amused me the most, because it's normally *me* asking people to take their photo. 

Mr. Chippy and Me, Bow 2014Mr. ChippyMr. Chippy and Me, Bow 2014

You can find Mr. Chippy of Saucy Kipper Fish Bar in Bow here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saucy-Kipper-Fish-Bar/326237130755606

 

 

 

After our recline in the park, we made our way back to Ry and Lex's flat for a cup of tea and cake while watching Tipping Point. We were all worn out by the end of the day, though and ready to be relaxing in our respective homes. 

 

Spanish Inspirations, Box 2014Spanish InspirationsSpanish Inspirations, Box 2014

 

 

Shane and I walked the dog, did a bit of shopping and settled in for some pizza and football. I love my England life. One day the boys will get to experience it, too!

 

 


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