Cleveland West Side Market

If you’ve followed my work with any regularity over the past few years you know that I love shooting markets. Specifically, I love shooting South East Asian markets – the grimier, the grungier, the better. I have yet to encounter a market anywhere in the Western World as full of life, culinary delights and sheer filth that can compare to even the tamest of markets in a place like Cambodia or Indonesia.

Cleveland’s West Side Market isn’t grimy or grungy, either. It is, however, a fantastically diverse emporium of ethnic curious, loaded with culinary treasures and bursting at the seams with friendly, good-natured American Midwest folk. If you want to throw out the word authentic, this is the time to do it. I don’t get excited about shooting America’s urban chaos all that often but I got up for this one. Can’t wait to do it again.

Check it out:

I’m presenting here a little snapshot of my work from the West Side Market. One of the things I’ve been more cognizant of lately is color pallets, tonality, similarity and synchronicity among sets of images. This is very important for me in my editorial and travel work. It’s also very important to Ed McGowan; Ed is one of my favorite photographers and always has tonality and synchronicity in mind when he’s shooting. Check out what I mean in this set here.

Anyway, I hope you consider tonality when you’re creating your own sets of images and especially when working for clients; editorial jobs, weddings, engagements, bar mitzvahs… always, always keep in mind the set of images you’ll be generating as a whole. One frame in black and white, one in colour, one HDR’d until your eyes are sore does not make for a good set of images (though there are, of course, exceptions to the rule!)

I think you’ll see what I mean when looking through these images, and I hope you enjoy them!




















2 thoughts on “Cleveland West Side Market

  1. Some great storytelling here, Shawn. Awesome work. As for markets, think we’re on the same page there. I’ll never tire of ’em.

    • I couldn’t agree more! Markets are one of my favorite place to photography and should be the first place anyone stops when visiting a new city – there’s no better way to take the pulse of a place than by walking through the town’s biggest market for a few hours.

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