Last Sunday Sean and I went to the Radschlagermarkt (a.k.a. GroBmarkt) in Dusseldorf. This massive flea market is being held once every month and it is well worth the visit. This trip, I was especially excited for the gentleman I bought some photo’s from last time would be back for this market, and he promised to bring a box of images for me to look through. When first seeing the material, I was not too impressed – but, even between very very mundane and boring personal photos there can be some hidden gems. If you know what you like, and what you are looking for.
One thing I always dread in these images are the tiny little (often blurred) people looking expectantly at the camera. Hands up all who have been guilty of doing this one time or another:
We don’t know who they are and frankly, why would we care? But, as the amateur photographer of today can get lucky with a photo every now and again, so could an amateur photographer back then.
Personally, I think the composition on these images is not that bad, except for image 1 is taken from so far away that we cannot properly see who’s on the photo – and image 2 – even though I quite like the use of negative space – is not very well lit or focused if it was meant to be a portrait.
Sometimes, just like in these times, an amateur photographer can display a core of talent, or get lucky, resulting in beautiful (be it still quite personal) images:
Apart from those images, which I all like for different reasons, I also got a stack of little holiday snapshots, sized ca. 6 x 6 cm. I am not quite sure what I’ll do with them, I’m toying with the idea of framing them as a long made-up panorama, or perhaps as a grid-like collage. Another option would be to transfer them onto another surface. I’ll think about it before rushing into anything. I love how some of the images conjure up the feeling of Italy or of Florida in the 50’s, with warm sunny stretches of beach, terraces and relaxation.