Step into Tamale Market

So this week I finally went into the market with my camera to try to capture the essence of it. Tamale’s central market is where we do our weekly shopping for basics like fruit and veg, whilst we get any western specific items at the supermarkets dotted around. This market can be a right pain to go around after work when trying to find what you need, but at the same time it’s full of life and fascinating to walk around. If smellography existed, this would be a perfect case for it. The mix of meats, vegetables and a hundred other things make for a unique and dynamic smelling experience – I can assure you.

Just to set the scene. The buzz of Tamale centre!

Just to set the scene. The hustle and bustle of central Tamale!

It can get a bit tightly packed at times...

A basic first peak into the market.

Vegetables, particularly onions and tomatoes, are in abundance.

Vegetables, particularly onions and tomatoes, are in abundance.

We haven't tried the meat here, and don't plan to, but I've heard it is fresh from the morning!

We haven’t tried the meat here, and don’t plan to, but I’ve heard it is fresh from the morning!

One of the many little alleyways down the market.

One of the many little alleys in the market.

And another.

And another. It can of course get very cramped when busy!

The Vodafone mobile tower dominates the skyline.

The Vodafone mobile tower dominates the skyline.

Rice, and lots of it.

Rice, and lots of it!

I was lucky enough to find a tailor willing to let me take their photograph. This guy was so willing he wanted to pose! Most sellers and it seems particularly tailors and fabric makers do not like their photos being taken.

I was lucky enough to find a tailor willing to let me take their photograph. This guy was so willing he wanted to pose! Most sellers, particularly tailors and fabric makers it would seem, do not like their photos being taken. Be sure to note the traditional Ghanaian fabric!

Men and their machines...

Sitting proudly with his sewing machine. The tailored clothes here are great. I’ve yet to have my own made but it’s only a matter of time.

This lady has the decorative sewing machines often seen being used.

This lady shows off the decorative sewing machines often seen being used.

A very 'red' picture.

Just outside the market. A very ‘red’ picture…

Just outside the market, people selling veg against the walls of the Vodafone centre. Despite the barbed wire, during the day there is a normal shop inside.

Again just next to the market, people selling veg against the walls of the Vodafone centre. Despite the barbed wire, during the day there is a normal vodafone shop inside.

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