The Market Trader – Electric Avenue, Brixton
This is a bit of a daring composition, since traditional wisdom would suggest that your subject should be mostly inside the picture. However, I think it works because there’s a suggestion of mystery and imbalance, as well as the possibility that the person in the picture might not be the subject of the photograph. There’s a clandestine feel to it also, and the background has that air of urban decay of which I have become far too fond.
Electric Avenue is famous for the song of course. It’s a very short road where there is a busy and vibrant market, composed of food and clothes stalls, with pavements sandwiched between the stalls and a plethora of muslim butchers, fishmongers and small supermarkets.
This guy was having a rest and a cigarette before he went back to his fruit and veg shop.