Claire Gunn

Black and white documentary photography

I attended this street food festival in Germany in 2015 when I was photographing a wedding for a dear friend in a mini European tour. This collection is quite out of character as far as subject matter goes. I shoot mostly for clients related to food, so a food festival isn’t uncharted waters for me. However, it was the portraits and the behaviour of the people here that I found a fascinating subject to photograph.

It was achingly cold. The wind was blowing and the festival was held in an enclosed courtyard – not exactly what comes to mind when one thinks ‘street food festival’. I always try to go into a situation and just experience how people do things differently here without an expectation. It was a clean environment, controlled by the organisers and there was a modern sing-song church in the same courtyard punting their message. Most unusual for a casual street-food feeling.

I was sardined between the folk waiting for steamed buns or flamkuchen, so most of these images are taken as people walk past me as I stand in the slowly-creeping queues. According to my German host, this type of food event is very new, hence the stampede from the locals to have a look and taste of street foods from around the world.

The sun beat down on our scrunched faces intermittently, but mostly the cold was our constant companion.

I enjoyed capturing people dealing with these ordinary things – cold, sun, food, other people and hunger.

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