April 15th saw me out and about Birmingham early on a lovely Saturday morning so I decided to spend some time visiting The Market at Pepper Place to take in the sights, smells, and atmosphere along with snapping some slice of life and cultural event photos.
The Market at Pepper Place is a weekly farmers and vendors market that takes place in and around the Pepper Place complex in Birmingham. The first market of the 2017 season took place on April 8th so it was good to get down and take in the market while the season is still young.
For those who might not be aware, a trip to a farmers market always carries a bit of nostalgia for me. When I lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for a number of years, I photographed the weekly markets held by Homegrown Alabama near the campus of The University of Alabama. I used those markets to do a variety of things, such as capturing color combinations, candid event images, and the overall cultural atmosphere that was present. I wanted to do the same with this visit to The Market at Pepper Place. I wanted to stroll about and get lost in the market, documenting whatever caught my eye.
To be completely honest, I should have photographed a number of these markets in the past, but the early start time on Saturday mornings does present a bit of conflict to someone who has to usually stay up late on a Friday evening working on concert photos. This market was different, though, because I was up early for an unrelated job so that allowed me to visit once that particular task was completed. It also allowed for some fresh content on this site because my next concert shoot won't be until April 20th. Content is key, y'all.
It was great strolling about and capturing just a slice of the activity present at this particular market. The produce was colorful and vibrant, especially the tomatoes, and the aromas from the tables were warm and inviting. The various craft vendors in the other portion of the market added a nice compliment to things anad showcased why visiting The Market at Pepper Place is such a popular thing to do in Birmingham for people and pets.
I do hope to get back to more markets this season as it was great to get back in the swing of documenting an event like this. Granted, there are challenges to getting images in such a crowded location, such as people intentionally getting in front of your camera for no reason other than to think they're funny (Yes, someone did this and I felt the needed to bring it up), it is still worth it to come away with photographs that help showcase how The Market at Pepper Place really is a treat for all the senses.
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