Monday, December 08, 2014

Small business Saturday at Portobello Road Market

Less pedalling
On Saturday I went down to Portobello Road Market to take some photo's for the RBKC (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) promotion of 'Small Business Saturday'  in my role as a Volunteer Photographer with the Street Trading Office.
Not flattering

It was a cold but very bright day there which gave challenges in terms of getting a balanced picture and being able to see the display on the camera, hopefully some of the pictures captured the project and there were certainly plenty of people around.

There's a real split between the numbers of people (attending) towards the top end (more  collectables)  and the area around Golborne Road where some of the stall holders are newer to the business.

I was interested to see the ebikes shop and also had a good chat with a fantastic photographer Philip Shalam who was selling some really lovely prints from around £20 upwards on his stall in Golborne Road.
Some cracking pictures from Philip

Philip has worked all over the place including the USA where he still gets some prints done, nice mixture of local and exotic images with a great eye for structure.

At the other end of the market in the curio section there were some very nice 'film' cameras that were generating a fair amount of interest amongst punters.
A golden age of Cameras?

I'm not sure if the Small business sector is getting the help it deserves and warrants, hopefully the profile will have been raised by the activities  on Saturday, also hope that the Treblemakers got some money from the crowds towards the charity Kids  Company they were singing for.

The Treblemakers give it their all for Kids Company.

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