Friendly Faces And Market Places

As most of you who read my blog know, I get alot of my inspiration from my weekly jaunts to Eastern Market. One of the things I love is that I can get lost in the crowd down there. Time is non-existent and I am one with my lens. More often than not, however, my zone is penetrated by farmers or vendors or musicians who strike up conversations with me or make a gesture that makes me smile. Today was no exception. Come with me and I’ll give you a little tour…



This is Rosalie. Her Dad is 88 years old. He’s been a farmer and market vendor since he was 13 years old. For over 70 years he’s been selling his home grown vegetables, every week, every year, at Eastern Market. Roslie asked me to take some photographs for her Dad. She wants him to keep his enthusiasm going as he grows older, and she thought some photos of his stand would help. I’m going to bring her the photos next week. Here are a couple…

This is Rosalie’s 7 pound turnip. She was so proud of it.

Rosalie’s Dad’s Heater! πŸ™‚


These friendly ladies were there with Detroit Council of the Aging…

The market has five sheds. This is the new, big shed. It’s really nice. It’s heated and architecturally pleasing. This fellow was just hanging out in the crowd.

One of the things I love most is the cultural diversity. There are all kinds of people who frequent the market.

This friendly musician is there almost every week. He and I were laughing so hard when I took this photo because he had just blown his horn really loud with a Christmas jingle and startled these two women so much so they practically fell over. Don’t cha love his smile?



These guys are friends. The guy on the left makes popcorn πŸ™‚

I posted this woman a few months ago. She is wonderful. Now she’s making beautiful vine wreaths and I think I’ll get one next week. She is so knowledgeable and friendly. This week I gave her this photo and a couple others I’d taken of her. I always try to bring photos to the vendors that I’ve photographed. It makes us both happy!


Sadly, I think we know the fate of this little fella…

I’ve noticed quite an array of vehicles down here πŸ™‚

Lots and Lots of Bikes down There…

This woman was waiting for her daughter…


And here are a few photos from warmer days at the market…

Nothing like the sound of drums beating on a hot summer day…

I love listening to the musicians!


And I love when the mimes perform…

And then….there are those….that actually fall asleep…on the job πŸ™‚

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10 Responses to Friendly Faces And Market Places

  1. Kim says:

    These are great Cathy! I am working up the courage to start photographing people too. That market is a really special place, and you can tell through your photos that the people are too!

  2. I really enjoyed this set of pictures. Just perfect – as I’m just heading out to our own market here in Ft Lauderdale. You’ve captured everyone so well.

  3. Kerri says:

    These are FABULOUS Cathy! The SMILE on the guy with the horn steals my heart! I LOVE that shot!!

  4. So glad I saw your tweet announcing your new blog, Cathy. You have such an artful eye for portraits. I love studying each one, because I can almost hear their voices through the expressions you’ve captured.

    I look forward to my next visit!
    Blessings, Bonnie

  5. I LOVE your trips to the market! You have some wonderful shots of the people there! Wow, wish I could go along with you!!!

    • Cathy Ross says:

      Thanks Beverly…I wish you could come with me too!! We’d have so much fun πŸ™‚ There’s a great hole in the wall diner with greasy omelettes that are awesome…and antique stores…and artisans…it’s a special place and sometimes I take it for granted…

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