On going...still a lot of films to scan
Every week end the boot fairs’ people wake up at the sunrise and occupys a field, a farm or a parking lot. The boot fairers are Sunday gypsies that for few hours a week make car, truck or van as their stall, resting place and warehouse...
Moving from London to a village in the South of England I discovered this phenomenon that is deeply different from the urban flea market I was used to. There is no pretentiousness here, not distinction among valuable objects and junk. These events join the Kentish middle class with the local traveller community, one of the biggest of the whole UK. The items on sale are not evaluated on trade base but on the tacit exchange that what is useless for someone may be valuable to someone else. In an economic system that tends to overproduce and encourage the replacement instead of recycling, these makeshift giveaways look like a local sustainable model. In the last two months I’ve just wandered around these stalls shooting very simple portraits to the people, their stalls and the objects the they decide to get rid of.
To realize these image I had to buy a fair number of shoddy goods.
In detail: a maisy mouse puzzle, a book about cats, a polka dot dress, a polar bear puppet, a pair of boots, a pair of ballerina shoes, a pair of trainers, a book about up and coming (in the 90’s) british authors, a straw bag, a puppet of Wally from "Where's Wally?", a mood ring, a pillow, a fake Lacoste, a cantaloupe, a bowl of cherries and much more...
35 mm B/W