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My usual Monday series, 10 Things I Learned & Loved This Weekend, will be back soon but I have lots of travel posts to catch up on with first! So for today’s post I wanted to take you on a trip through a Spanish fish market. Nestled away in the colourful little towns of the Balearic Islands are a series of markets that enlighten the senses, but this one is one of my favourites. I almost feel that my words won’t do the evocative nature of this experience justice, but I hope my photos will at least give you glimpse into this fascinating place. Although I have visited this market for several years now it was only this year that I felt that my photography skills had at least reached a semi-OK level that I could accurately portray the atmosphere of the surroundings. I recognised many of the people working in the market; each clearly as passionate about the fish as the next. It was fascinating to shoot them as they worked – the speed at which they prepared the fish for sale was certainly impressive. The warm light flooded softly into the market, which is positioned in the middle of square inside a green and white tiled building. I found the intensity of colour very inspiring, from the sparklingly clear black and yellow contrast of the fish eyes to the distressed exterior walls and pretty patterned tiling. Inside there was hive of activity and a hum of animated chatter – as I scroll through these images I almost feel like I could be right back there experiencing it all over again. I hope you feel the same! How do markets inspire you, folks?

// Photography by Will Taylor

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Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.

18 Comments

  1. Wonderful pictures, Will!
    (fish-)Markets definitely inspire me, they show so much of the people and culture of a place. Last year in Spain I visited many fish markets, but the one that intrigued me most was the fish auction. The guys announcing the prices and different kinds of fish talked SO incredibly fast, the entire auction game was intense! I loved it. Thanks for sharing these beautiful colors today and bringing back the nice memories 🙂

    • @Judith – I would have loved to have seen that auction at the market because it sounds so energetic! Thank you for the kind words, I’m pleased today’s post inspired you! 🙂

  2. You captured this beautifully! Food markets are a great place to hone your photography skills 🙂

  3. Beautiful photos and such fresh vibrant colours. You’ve captured it well, feels like I’m strolling around the market . x

  4. I love markets – the authenticity and buzz there, especially in the Med is just awesome. I spend hours there – just taking it all in. These are fab my friend, fresh, vibrant and colourful – just like you. Wrap up warm Will – freezing out there..
    Axx

  5. Mediterranean markets are definitely the best! You feel like people would spend their whole day in there. It’s the place where they meet, chat, gossip and eventually buy the best products at the best price. I remember strolling the daily fresh markets with my grand-parents in Southern Italy when I was a kid and I was always overwhelmed by the colors and the shouting voices of people to get buyers’ attention … these pictures brought it back to me in a way (without the smell of fish markets tough 😉 xx

  6. The photos are just wonderful. I love No. 4! I’m so glad you also captured those tiles and the texture of the walls. I love those colours!

  7. I’m very much inspired by all kinds of markets, too. Do you know the Valencia market ? it is a very nice place, with great products from the area. Beautiful colours !

  8. Thanks for transporting me to Spain for a minute. I just love to visit Spanishmarkets. It’s so lively and colourful. In Spanish restaurants I always order fish. They really know how to prepare it well

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.