25th week of 2014

I went to the Winchester hat fair on Saturday, not to get pictures of the street performers, but to capture the market stall owners and people watching.

This first picture is a guy called Nick Hooper that makes these one-off incredibly offbeat designs, sourcing the shirts from fair trade friends he met in Zimbabwe. After buying two t-shirts from him I asked him if he could pose next to his shirts for a picture. This is the kind of thing I love, spending a bit more on something truly unique, meeting interesting people, and also supporting both this small company and the workers in Zimbabwe.

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These next three are just a few candid’s from the markets and streets. I find events like these make it easier to use your camera in public without getting weird looks, as there are more people taking pictures everywhere.

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There was an exhibition on from what I believe was a group of art students from Winchester University. They had a series of lace wedding dresses that were all partially covered by pages from French  books, and I thought this contrast between textures and patterns in the material was quite interesting; the line of buttons drawing your eye down, along the edge between the fragile paper and the lace.

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They also had another set of old wedding dresses with skulls and other objects replacing the heads. I always try to tastefully cut off a section; if you include too much the composition is always less interesting and you have fewer options.

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Song of the week:

Jamie

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