saturday at the market

Two weekends ago, I rode the train to New York City with a of film, a few cameras (two Holgas, a flash, a Pentax K1000, some 120 and 35 mm film, and an iPod Touch—4thgen.), and a notebook. The plan was to photograph the bustling Union Square Greenmarket (with 140 regional farmers, fishermen, and bakers and 60,000 or so shoppers) on Saturday.

The minute I crossed Broadway into the sea of white tents and people rushing by, I wondered if I was in over my head even as I reminded myself how many times I’d photographed such scenes before. I took a breath. Loaded both Holgas, one with color film, the other with black and white.

I circled the market, noticed the light, and watched for moments. Slowly I started shooting. Frame by frame. I tuned the chaos out. I discovered small moments. I shot until I ran out of film. Nine rolls, plus thirty-some iTouch images and ten minutes worth of video. These photos reflect some of what I saw.

Photo essay courtesy of Nikki Gardner. You can find her work at Art & Lemons and find out more about Nikki’s latest workshop, Saturday at the Market: a photography workshop for Food and Film Lovers. Her next workshop is Saturday, October 20, 2012. Union Square Greenmarket, NYC. The workshop is limited to 12 people, so sign up early!


  1. says

    Beautiful, unusual images and a great photo essay! I'm assuming these are all film images? Do you mind me asking which, if any, were taken with the iPod touch?

  2. says

    Thanks so much for your comments and for having me here!

    Caryn, The images in this photo essay are all from the iPod Touch actually. I always tell people who take my classes—it's not about what camera you use (sure you need to know the mechanics of working it), it's about expressing your visual voice.

  3. says

    Love the images! I subscribed to your blog and look forward to following you! I'm always looking for inspirational people to follow! Thanks!

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