PEOPLE 222 – WOMAN WORKING BEHIND A TRANSPARENT PLASTIC SHEET
July 31, 2016 9 Comments
I walked along the edge of the Floating Harbour in central Bristol. Tidal ranges in this part of the world are huge – we have the second highest tidal ranges in the world – so that at low tide the River Avon that leads into Bristol from the Severn Estuary becomes a mass of vast mud banks with only a trickle of water below. Long ago the people of this western city found this twice daily lack of water hindered the trade of their busy port, and so they built the Floating Harbour, which allows water in but not out, and so enjoys high water 24 hours a day.
Bristol is no longer a port, but the Floating Harbour has metamorphosed into a fashionable social venue known as the Harbourside, which is lined with eateries, bars, galleries and so on. Especially in the warmer months of the year, there is always a lot going on there.
And so on this lovely warm day, as I walked back along the Harbourside towards the city centre, there were many temporary little stalls and booths selling delicious and often exotic food. I saw this lady looking out of her booth and, all at once, she dived behind her transparent plastic sheet – something to keep the breeze away from her cooking – and, bending forwards and looking down, started working away preparing more food.
It reminded me of an Impressionist image, and then I thought of the veils and the sometimes innocent half-truths through which we, on occasion, would like the world to know us.
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X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO.