Tales From the City- Chatsworth Street Market London Town

Susan Nolen's London Red Pillar Post Box Photograph

I was on a photography meet up that was held in a local London market. The Chatsworth Street Market has been around since yonks. It’s a local London Market where you can find baked bread, cheese, fish, fruit and veg, and an odd-shaped sandwich made of corn meal that was just amazing!

Susan Nolen's Cheese in the Market PhotographIt’s a small market making a  strong comeback.  Back in the 1930’s it boasted some 200 stalls and ran five days a week! Time wrecks quite a few things with  its ruthless progress and this market was not spared. It eventually closed in the 1990’s. However due to demand by the local residents it’s up back and running on Sunday Mornings with tasty treats on offer.

Photograph of London Market Flower by Susan Sheldon NolenI was learning how to shoot Bokeh. No one is quite sure how to pronounce this word properly. It comes from the Japanese BOKE which means blur.  The spelling was altered in English to help with the pronunciation of  the word.  But no matter how it’s pronounced it’s good fun!  In this method only one part of the photograph is in focus and the rest is blurred on purpose! I just fell in love with this technique.

breadmarketshs2015Now whilst on this photo expedition I did get a proper  shouting  at.

Don’t take my photograph! A man shouted at me as he started to cross the street.

He stopped in the middle of the road and I was quite worried about him. He was not paying attention to traffic.  I wasn’t even shooting him!  I was trying to get  a shot of the door of a charity shop without people in the final picture.

You're not in the photo!

You’re not in the photo!

I guess he thought he was being paparazzi stalked.  Hmm…now that I have been officially shouted at in the street — does that make me a professional photographer?

About susan sheldon

I am an explorer. It's taken me awhile to realise this. But I love capturing bits of our wonderful world with my camera, travelling through time and history, always returning to write, or paint what I've discovered. I use my Leica and my iPhone to capture images, and with those images I try to hold on to a feeling, a moment in our busy lives. Sometimes those moments bring me into the past, others into the studio to paint, or back to the old typewriter to try to use words to capture what the camera has done for me already. One of my goals in my blog is to have a space to take a breath away from our frantic world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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22 Responses to Tales From the City- Chatsworth Street Market London Town

  1. Yvonne says:

    I wonder why that bloke was so camera shy? Thereby hangs a tale, perhaps.

  2. Your photos are beautiful. Wanted to eat the bread and cheese! And know more of the tale of your would be celebrity. . . 🙂

  3. Carrie Rubin says:

    I was in London last month with my husband and youngest son. We had such a great time. I fell in love with the city and can’t wait to go back. That market sounds lovely.

    • Isn’t London a great city! I m so glad you fell in love with it. There is just something for everyone here! I keep finding things I never knew about like this market!

      • Carrie Rubin says:

        We did mostly touristy things, but the hubs and I would like to go back someday and explore the less touristy sights. We’d like to travel more throughout England too. It’s nice not having a language barrier.

      • Carrie that’s what’s great about London. You can have a full holiday and miss the touristy bits. The countryside.. You can do by train with planning or by car. It’s just stunning. I would love to drive the entire British coastline one day. Time is too short to do it all!

  4. Tom Merriman says:

    Quite a lot of my photographs are blurred, Susan, although I don’t think they’re Bokeh! Yours look far more professional… you pap you! 😉 😀

  5. Rhys Jones says:

    Great photos that really capture the atmosphere of the scene. What camera are you using? I love my big Nikon DSLR but it’s not always ideal for street photography. I sometimes use a small Lumix Panasonic “point and shoot”. But I hold it at my hip with my thumb on the shutter release button. I set it to wide angle to capture as much as possible, and crop later. It takes a little practice to get the angle right. The important thing is never to look down at the camera!

  6. prior says:

    Looks like a great meet up – and some people really cane so weird about the pics – and the way you tell it is nice – I also like your bokeh effects 🙂

  7. Rhys now that’s a good question for the pint and shoot club! 🙂

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