This is actually one of my first images I took in London when I moved here 12 years ago. I arrived in September 2003 and this was shot in winter. It’s on Ridley Road Market, I guess one of the most original East London places. Funny enough I just recently moved into the very same street as I did back then – a circle closed after many flats, areas and even countries.
The area has changed massively, gentrification at it’s best. But for some reason the market has survived it’s genuine feeling, the amazing atmosphere and the fact that one wouldn’t really think it’s central London. Pass it and you’ll be able to experience probably 100 nations.
From 5pm onwards the whole area gets cleaned – in winter already very dark. I was impressed by the absolute mess. Incredible work the guys from Hackney council do to clean it up – every single evening, six days a week. But you can still smell the exact spot of the fish mongers even at nighttime.