When I was going through my images for assessment, I noticed that when working on Assignment 3 I had not added images on Kermel Market. Kermel Market is a market hall in the middle of the old center of Dakar where people have been selling and buying fish, fruit and vegetables for over 100 years. The building was is a one of a kind architectural gem, with art deco, moorish and colonial influences. The building was destroyed in a fire in 1994, but exactly replicated in its rebuilding later on. At first I didn't want to add the images because I was a bit disappointed with the images after my visit, especially after looking at other images online. I kept on wondering why I hadn't photographed it in an other way and wanted to go back, which I then didn't do. The one thing I have learned over this course is that I should not be too distracted with other things and plan my projects well. Take time and not think that I can get it done within one visit or without preparation.
But anyway, when I was going through the images that I had taken during this course, I was quite surprised with a few of the ones that I had taken at the market. I do think they fit well within this assignment, this is a good example of a building that is being in full use and has been for over a century. It's the best place to get quality foods, it's been a structure where the French were very proud of during their colonial times and a place where people get together to socialise, talk politics and sports. I think the following images reflect these functions well, so here's my first selection from which I will choose 4 that are going to be part of the assignment.
As you can see, I only took images of the interior of the market and most of the produce. The reason for that is that I'm always a bit scared that people will get angry with me when I take photographs. Fortunately it was not so bad that day and again I realise the importance of focusing on what it is that you want to photograph beforehand, establish the relationships with the people and then go out and about. It saves a lot on stress and looking back I wish I had spent much more time doing this. But anyways, I'm still happy with a few of the shots and these are going to be my final images that I'll submit:
I have chosen these, because I think they reflect the heart of the people working there. Their interests, the way they set up their shops, the laughter and socialising and the quality of their products. I'm happy with how the beautiful morning light can still be seen in the images and the sort of magic feel that it brings. All colours and textures come alive and it is so special to be there at that time of day. Just like in other photographs that I have taken from sights in Senegal, I love how every corner is personalised and a reflection of who they are, no matter that it is a public space.