The Woodlawn Street Market returned to the historic Woodlawn neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama on September 23rd. For me, it gave me a reason to get out of the house, walk around, and take in all the sensory pleasures the market produced. I have been to and covered other markets in the past so I knew exactly what to expect and was not disappointed. The Woodlawn Street Market provided a great late Saturday morning get away before the heart of the football schedule really got going.
If you have never been to the Woodlawn Street Market before, it is an urban street market complete with arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and other sellers, and entertainment such as street dancing competitions. It is a great way to get out and support the historic Woodlawn neighborhood while also supporting local businesses and artists.
For a photographer, events like the Woodlawn Street Market also provide a great way to get a lot of slice of life and cultural photography done. There are so many subjects and interesting things to capture. I tend to focus on capturing the crowds, the food vendors, and the street dancers at these events. The street dancers provide an especially good range of opportunities for fun and interesting photography, and I wish my camera could capture the amazing smells produced by the talented cooks selling food at the market.
Since I enjoy a "detached" approach to cultural photography, events like the Woodlawn Street Market are always high on my radar. I can do my best to capture the atmosphere without being intrusive and having my camera in someone's face. This allows, in my opinion, for a more realistic presentation of the event. Granted, I did take one posed photo of a couple of friends working their vendor tent so there's that as well.
More information about the Woodlawn Street Market can be found at their OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE.
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