I took a walkabout class today from noted photographer Sora DeVore. Our group of four intrepid adventurers braved the gray skies, English rains, and gathering Science March protesters to visit the Maine Avenue Fish Market. I’ve lived here for over 30 years and have never been to the market so it was quite a treat. Sara’s emphasis was on noticing people, the context of their presence, and color/contrast differences that could make a good photograph. I had an awesome time and really didn’t mind the drizzle. I heard someone say that there weren’t many people around because of the rain and the demonstration marches downtown…bad for them, t’was okay for me. People come, they buy stuff…sometimes lots of stuff…, and they go. Some hang around to eat raw oysters, crabs, or clams but most just pick up and run! Hundreds and hundreds of live crabs clawing to climb out of the bins they were kept in and desperately trying to avoid the paper “take home” bags. Lots of smiles, fist bumps, piles of seafood, and a sense of purpose. A great place for a walkabout and for seafood.
One part of the market “steams” seafood for take home. The smell is scrumptious! And the drifting cloud of vapor from the steam machine in the first shot is definitely photo worthy! Next to the market, the waterfront is being completely revamped…the old buildings that housed Phillip’s Seafood and Hogate’s are gone…in their place are brand new, mostly built condos, apartments, and office buildings. Some of the old docks are also gone and the second shot is part of the docks. We were able to walk on them because they are not YET part of a gated and private community.