Seattle: Pike Market

Pike Place Market was a revelation. The feelings we have about the city from our short stay can be distilled down to the vibe we get here. Pike felt traditional, contemporary, homegrown and haute all at once. The people were from every corner of the globe, on both sides of the tables. All continents were represented both in product and sales approach. It’s hard not to like this corner of Seattle.

Pike
Pike
PIKE/PINE
PIKE/PINE

The Public Market is a mecca for fresh goods, creativity and people-watching. We did Pike twice, from different ends. We saw lots of art, amazing fresh flowers, music, and spoke to many interesting people. Seattle continued to be welcoming and completely without pretence.

Gloomy
Gloomy

We started at Le Panier where my little Foodie got herself the best croissant she’s ever had (and she knows what she likes). This would not be our only stop at this Parisian bakery, as we have a real love for baked goods.

Nom
Nom

Next up was the Original Starbucks, but I couldn’t convince Lori to buy a mug.

Bux
Bux
Getting your name wrong since '71
Getting your name wrong since ’71

All through the market were stalls of hand works, fresh fish, meat and produce. What amazed us most were the cubic yards of fresh flowers. November is a time we don’t associate with fresh local flowers and produce, but the PNW says differently.

Bouquets
Bouquets

Moving past the famous Pike Place Fish and into the galleries of vendors, you’re taken back in time. Hawkers want you to try everything from chocolate to pasta to artisan honey. The TLR softened up these veterans on more than one occasion, letting them break character and chat a sec.

Pretty Hawker
Pretty Hawker
Harry the Fishmonger
Harry the Fishmonger

I was moving at the same pace as an older fellow shooting a big Canon with a stripy lens for a while. It was interesting to see how he moved through the area, shooting 30′ further down the gallery than I, via telephoto. I felt OK with my method.

King
King
Two minutes, Turkish.
Two minutes, Turkish.
Pasta
Pasta
Vanishing Point
Vanishing Point
FRESH RESTROOMS
FRESH RESTROOMS
Busk
Busk
Random Tourists
Random Tourists

After getting to the end of the upper level, we struck out into the surrounding blocks for a change of pace and a little elbow room.

Linear
Linear

Hold it right there...
Hold it right there…
Expanse
Expanse

We found our way into the lower levels via the infamous Post Alley (which got steam cleaned two days after we visited, by chance.) The lower levels are a whole different ball game, feeling more like a Souk than the farmers market upstairs.

Buffet
Buffet
Post No Bills
Post No Bills
Sticky Corner
Sticky Corner

On our last afternoon in Seattle a few days later, we had an hour to burn and chose to spend it here, sipping a doppo-machiatto and watching tides of people over a Napoleon at Le Panier.

Farewell treat
Farewell treat
Gracie and Rachel
Gracie and Rachel
Full and content
Full and content

The Rolleiflex and iPhone6 make for a great pair to travel with. The colour snaps from the iPhone are certainly good enough to replace C41 135 in my books. Having a looser budget for colour images let me pick and choose which compositions I’d invest the time and money in for 120 mono. This is an evolution of my prior travel setup, the GA645 and Olympus (Epic) Mju-ii. More on that dynamic duo in a future post.


Monotone images in this set are courtesy of Rolleiflex MX, F3.5 Xenar, loaded with Ilford HP5 (pushed to 800, 1600 and 3200), processed in Ilfosol 3 and scanned with an Epson Perfection 3200 Photo. Color images courtesy of Apple iPhone 6.

 

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