24 Jul 2014

| Recurring Themes | Stalls I

Remember how we previously mentioned that we'd be exploring our own photo archives in search of recurring themes that we have compulsively but less consciously been capturing? Well, we've realised that we BOTH are regularly distracted by market stalls wherever we end up!

Character-pipe stall in Akayu, Japan.
African and Carribbean food stall in Ridley Road Market, London.
General goods stall in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Snack stall in Mumbai, India.
There is something about these humble temporary make-shift structures that just calls to us. Perhaps it is the clash of colours and the way the wares are all rammed and crammed into a little space that appeals to us. Of course this is exactly what they are designed to do! Yet,  we admire them because they are owned by everyday people who are trying to make a living in this world of huge big malls and supermarkets. Everyday fighting.

23 Jul 2014

| Photo Diary | Running Jumping Stone Town

It is currently quite hot in London. It's at times and climes like this that I wish we lived closer to the sea. I would run into the water clothes and all and relish the coolness of it. It makes me think of one evening in Stone Town when we watched in worrisome wonder as a group of young lads hurled themselves into the returning tide.

This exhilarating game involved each boy taking a long run up to the end of the sea wall from where he would leap into the air, contort his body into an outlandish pose before colliding into the sea below.

Eventually we realised that the boys needed to get their landings spot on as a metre the wrong way would be disastrous.  Beneath the waters hide large jagged rocks and when one boy stood on these, we saw that the water level just skimmed his knees. We watched with baited breath till one by one the boys entertained us with their dangerous game.