An offbeat glimpse of the city’s oldest market place.
To describe the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Australia, as “sprawling” is an understatement. At a whopping seven-hectares, this iconic landmark is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere — and it does not disappoint.
One can easily get lost amidst the crowds making their way from the butchers and fish mongers to hawkers yelling out prices for an array of fruits and vegetables. With Melbournites and tourists alike cajoling to get a look at jewellery, paintings and children’s toys before moving on to sample the food court, it can be easy to get carried along with the wave of people passing through Vic Market’s 600 small businesses.
A challenge, however, is staying in one spot and letting the action pass over you. Which is exactly what I did while capturing this series. Pressed against a brick wall in a corner on the edge of the market’s main action, I became a proverbial wallflower as a host of people went about their business at the market. The results offer an offbeat glimpse of the Queen Victoria Market.
Photos and text by Sarah Comber.