Barcelona has many nice markets were finding a nice photography. Among them Boqueria market has become one of the most visited and photographed places by tourists in Barcelona.
Boqueria market is not the only nice market in Barcelona, there is also the Market Concepció in el Born, Market Sant Antoni, close to the Poblesec area or Market Llibertat in the Gracia district, among the most celeb ones. Each district has a market where locals can find fresh products.
Among them, Boqueria is a special one for the central location, the colours and nice decoration and distribution of the products. It is amazing how many original photos you can do inside Boqueria market. Sometimes I skip it because everybody seems to have the same intention and try to go home with a nice photo of Boqueria, which makes it almost a tourist attraction in itself. The fact that is always so crowded doesn’t help either. In the end it seems to be such a common place that can be boring.
However, if we work the photos as a photography project focused in the people behind the products and join the photos with comments about how markets in Barcelona have changed lately with tourism, the result can be more original. We can show how the sellers seem to feel about the overwhelming amount of tourists visiting the market and taking photos of them and their products (there are even some stands displaying a “we are not a tourist attraction” sign), if it is really affordable in Barcelona to go to markets instead supermarkets or how old are some of the businesses that sell their products there.
Light and Composition are important aspects to be aware of.
Light inside the market is challenging, products are lit up with a great amount of artificial light while the seller that we probably would like to appear in a second plane are sometimes in a darker atmosphere. We should raise the ISO a bit to work with less difficulties and try to open the aperture for better results.
The fish market is one of the most interesting locations but ice makes our task even more difficult. While exposing for the high lights the darker areas will remain underexpose and the same all the way around.
Composition is an aspect that we can exercise a lot in the market. The angles of stands create long diagonals and leading lines that result in creative compositions. To focus in repetitive products, or in a first plane with a blurry background is interesting too. Change our perspective from a lower or a higher point can create an original photography too.
Portraits. The market is the perfect frame for environmental portrait. Artificial light can provide a creative light for portraits and the combination of dark and bright areas can result in a strong contrast.
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