Photography is such a window into the world. It’s an art form that captures moments and emotions. I have met an incredible photographer, Ben Crawford. He travels the world capturing images that tell a story. His latest compilation is a selection of international farmer’s markets. I don’t know about you, but I’d hop on a plane just to nab one of those chocolate croissants! Have a peek at my very first guest contributor’s work…
Some of my guiltiest pleasures while travelling have been at the local markets I’ve stumbled upon. And as a photographer it’s a happy relationship because some of the most interesting images can be captured at a marketplace too. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to many places and I have visited many markets. There are still so many more countries and markets I want to see, but here are three of my favourite ones so far.
Las Ramblas Market, Barcelona
Las Ramblas, often very crowded in summer, is a pedestrian street in central Barcelona. It’s filled with performers, restaurants, bars and artists selling their wares. About half way along, tucked off to the side, is one of the most amazing markets I have ever been too. Fruit and vegetables are stacked to the ceiling, local butchers carve prosciutto while you wait and fishmongers sell their daily catch. Your senses (and camera) will struggle to decide which stall to go to next! Open 8am – 8pm Monday to Saturday.
The Ferry Plaza Farmers Markets, San Francisco
It’s little wonder that the food lovers’ paradise of San Francisco has one of the biggest and best Farmers Markets in the world. Situated in the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero, you are bombarded with choice, from bread and jams to cheese, chocolate and crayfish. Be sure to stop by the Blue Bottle Coffee Company and pick up a cup of velvety caffeine goodness. It’s got to be good when the line stretches 15 deep. Open 10am – 2pm Tuesdays & Thursdays and 8am – 2pm on Saturdays.
Parnell’s French Markets, Auckland
I couldn’t leave out my favourite market in my home town of Auckland. The French Market’s can be found on St George’s Bay Road in the trendy suburb of Parnell. As the name suggest they are jam packed with French goodies, from croissants to wines from Bordeaux. I recommend skipping breakfast and picking up one of the best pain aux raisins you’ll find this side of Paris and a cappuccino to wash it down with. Open Saturdays 8am – 1:30pm and Sundays 9am – 1:30pm.