I asked Fishmonger, Chris Holmes if he would mind if I photographed him while he took stock of his sales that morning. He agreed but was having a busy morning and had several large orders to process. Chris specialises in fresh fish and shellfish.
The early bird catches the fish... Billingsgate Market is served by almost every port in the United Kingdom. Beautifully fresh fish can be found from all over the world every morning before 8.30am. An average of 25,000 tonnes of fish and fish products are sold here each year.
I'm a graphic designer and work in Canary Wharf. I often pass Billingsgate Market on my way in to the office and thought today would be a perfect opportunity to go and explore! Billingsgate is the United Kingdom's largest inland fish market. Most of the fish is transported by road directly from the coast and arrives at the market in the early hours of the morning. Imported frozen fish is usually shipped in large refrigerated containers. Imported chilled fish is often airfreighted-sometimes from countries thousands of miles away-or arrives by sea via roll-on, roll off ferries.
I work in Canary Wharf and took the opportunity of using this morning to go and have a look around Billingsgate Market for the first time. Billingsgate is served by almost every port in the United Kingdom-from Aberdeen to Penzance. Most of the fish is transported by road directly from the coast and arrives at the market in the early hours of the morning.
A big fish in a small sea - after my first ever visit to Billingsgate fish market in the morning, I became a little bit obsessed with it and couldn't help but relate the paving slabs in the square outside my office to waves in the sea. This well dressed office-worker crossing the square was on her way home but unfortunately for her, I imagined her as a large fish when I took this shot from my office window.
Connect three... these office workers crossed the square outside our office in a perfect line. Quite fitting for a financial district - for me, they plotted an up-turn in the market which meant it was nearly time to go home.
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