Spring crept up on London quietly last weekend; the sun was out, the sky was clear for the first time in months. I know that I shouldn’t get too excited, it being London…snowfall in April is not unusual! But still, I can’t help but feel that the worst is over.
So i took advantage of the good weather and went to my local street market with my camera. Recently there has been a debate going on about the revival at Brixton market – now renamed B-ville (Brixton Village), after the council successfully turned what was a slowly dying covered market into a hipster foodie meca – by letting the empty slots out rent-free and attracting tons of young people trying things out in this difficult environment. Inevitably, there are complaints that it has lost its local colours.
For those of you who don’t live in or know London, Brixton has always been a mixed neighbourhood with Afro-Carribean roots, although I dare say low rents, good transports and good music venues have meant that “gentrificiation” has been taking place while no one is looking too hard. So whether B-Ville is driving the gentrification itself or part of the process itself is a moot point. The point is that the London food scene has found a new outlet and what was previously sad, empty space is now thriving – what’s not to like?
And here are the shots from Church Street market, where you’ll still be hard pushed to find any hipsters slummin’ it with the locals.