The soporific marketers
Exhibition runs until 28th June in Leytonstone @ The Slate Arts on the corner of Church Ln & High Road Leytonstone.
Whilst traveling in South East Asia Woodie became interested in the number of sleeping stall owners he came across in the markets. He started to document them and this exhibition is a collection of the best shots.
The images in this collection look deeper at the work ethics, lives and climates of the individuals pictured. On the surface the images have an instant appeal. The photographer has used a high contrast, black and white approach to further ‘hide’ the subject. The angles have seemingly been chosen for comical effect, limbs poking out from behind goods giving a wheres Wally feel, blatant snoozing in front of the stall. Asleep sat completely upright. Some of the subjects have brought reclining chairs along in the inevitable event that a snooze might creep up on them!
Aside from the funny positions and protruding limbs, Woodies pictures probe deeper. At first glance you could find yourself tutting at the seriously relaxed work ethic of these people. The reliance on trade from the market stall is obviously not their highest priority, so no wonder they are poor. But perhaps this is not the only job they do. Perhaps they have been up all night working in other jobs. They could have been concentrating over computer components for sale in countries other than their own? They could have been sweating away all night making shoes and clothing. According to a new report from War on Want and the Asian Immigrant Center. Workers interviewed for the study, which focuses on women who migrated to Thailand and Malaysia and within Cambodia to find work in the garment industry, frequently cited 10-hour days without overtime pay, chronic harassment, unsafe working and living environments, and below-subsistence wages. I think I’d be tired if I worked in those conditions!
The pictures in this collection have the ability to offer a fleeting whimsical giggle as well as fascinating subtle insights into another cultures.
Please get in touch for availability and price | 30x30cm unframed (50x50cm framed), 5cm deep.
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