I love markets

I love markets

The women in Guatemala wear the most intricately woven and embroidered tops with wrap around skirts, each village has its own recognisable design and colour theme. Their hair is plaited exquisitely and they look as if they are going to a special event – but this is everyday dress. They are very shy and don’t like to be photographed; I can understand why they would find it intrusive, so while we were waiting for a bus in Quetzaltenango, I sat down in the market and did this little sketch. They knew I was drawing them and pretended not to notice, but kept sending friends to have a look at what I was doing. Fortunately the friends all smiled (actually they roared with laughter), but everyone seemed happy, especially when I bought a LOT of fruit. I think that was when I realised that I got more out of drawing than taking photographs.