Jen Waltmon

Sydney, Australia

Photography to me is not just about capturing beauty or magic. It is about capturing life as it is. Whether that could be ugly, dirty,...

Introducing Duncan - The "Market Man"

3 years ago, I captured an image of a very stoic-looking gentleman at the Flemington Markets in Sydney. Little did I know how much he would resonate with people and how well-received his image would become. I’ve been wanting to show-off this unique man for years now, on a higher level, but have been unable to because I lacked his permission.

However, today I took a chance and headed to the markets with all the hope I could muster that he’d still be there, and…that I’d be able to find him. Luck (and possibly a bit of fate) was on my side, because after scanning all the people selling corn-on-the-cob, I found him. He wasn’t wearing the same old leather hat as the one in the image, but rather, a modern-looking baseball cap. But, there was no denying his face. I approached him, told him who I was, that I took a picture of him a few years ago, and that I wanted to display that picture in an upcoming art exhibition. I asked him if that was alright, and his response was, “Oh! That would be just great, love. Yeah, of course that’s alright. That’s nice.” I was really pleased, shook his hand, introduced myself and gave him my photography business card. He told me his name was “Duncan.” He became even more excited and said, “Maybe I’ll be famous.” I explained to him that if he emailed me, I would email him the picture that I captured of him. He told me that he doesn’t have email, but would be able to use someone’s email to contact me for the picture. I hope he does.

And I hope you can check out Duncan, the nicest “Market Man” I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, at the AddOn Photography exhibition (part of the annual “Head On” Photography Festival) in Sydney. Opening night is May 18th at the Depot Gallery at Danks Street, Waterloo.

Click on Market Man to meet Duncan.

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