Photo Story-Columbia Market
For my 10 piece photo story I wanted to capture the public event of the Columbia Market, which is a weekly event every Sunday located at Bethnal Green in East London. I wanted to showcase Columbia Market’s practicality and uniqueness to the public by promoting it as a great weekly event.
It’s had several names over the years; Columbia Road was named in honor of the heiress and philanthropist Angela Burdentt Coutts.
It is the capital’s most colorful and beautifully scented market. The market began as a Saturday trading market, but as the Jewish population grew a Sunday market was established.
This also provides the opportunity for Covent Garden and Spitalfields traders to sell their stock left over from Saturday.
Many of the plants and flowers are grown and sourced locally. Columbia Market sells a wide range of flowers from roses to petunias, all accommodating to the person’s needs.
As well as cut flowers, there are topary trees, pot plants, hanging baskets, bulbs
and bouquets turning the street into blossom.
Today wide ranges of unusual shops compliment it, turning the whole shopping area into one of the most interesting shopping experiences to be had.
Jesse Chorley and Buddug are decorated in their signature vintage homemade style. This shop incorporates the uniqueness of discovering a ‘one off’.
Jessie and Buddug have grasped the combination of personalization and vintage effortlessly alongside each other.
The 52 stalls and surrounding shops sell everything to cater for the English obsession of gardening.
Since the 1980’s the market has grown into one of the international repute. There are plenty of attractive pubs, cafes and food stalls where you stop and relax.
Graduate Multimedia Journalist, Online Editor at CIO UK and contributing writer at Culturefly and Contact Music.