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I think that I ended up concentrating on what the people who worked at the stalls had to say. I think that they seem to have a particular insight into Leicester market because of their role in serving so many different types of people over the years. This is not to say that the customers didn’t have anything interesting to say!
This man happened to stand in front of my camera and so I recorded his transaction with the fish merchant. However, while he was waiting for his fish I asked him if he wanted to be interviewed and he didn’t want to.
I was disappointed with this because I really liked his makeup and thought that he must be quite an interesting person to be wearing such wonderful makeup in the daytime. Was he an actor from the local theatre? Did he simply just enjoy wearing makeup?
I understand why he might not have wanted to be interviewed. Perhaps, like me, he would not have liked his answers to be analysed. Perhaps he was busy that day and thought the interview would take a long time to film. Perhaps he just didn’t feel like answering any questions about fish or Leicester market, or perhaps he wasn’t even from Leicester so didn’t feel qualified to answer any questions.
Perhaps people wanted to be filmed because, in some way, they wanted to be seen as ‘representing Leicester’?
Someone in class suggested this and said that perhaps people wanted to have a part in representing Leicester to me, because I don’t seem like I am from there. However, I was born in Leicester and have spent most of my life there.
I am still not sure what being ‘from Leicester’ means exactly. A man I spoke to who was originally from Poland and had lived in Leicester for 8 years introduced himself as being “from Leicester”.
I found it interesting that so many people were so willing to be filmed (almost everyone I had asked said yes!). This is mainly because I know that if I were in the same position I would not want to be filmed. This could perhaps be because I am an anthropology student and so I would expect everything I said to be analysed and looked at in detail, whereas non-anthropology students might not think about this aspect of the filming process?
However, whenever I spoke to the people at the market about what I was filming and why I was filming, I explained the concept of anthropology to them so they would know what the film would be for. Perhaps they would have felt guilty for saying yes to being filmed and then deciding they didn’t want to. Perhaps they also didn’t mind being filmed because they knew it wasn’t for something ‘big’ like a television series?
I thought that I would find people acting ‘differently’ in front of the camera. However, a lot of people didn’t really seem to notice the camera. Or, if they did, they didn’t seem to mind and just carried on with their shopping.
Perhaps people wanted to be filmed / were more willing to be filmed because I seemed more ‘professional’ with the camera on a tripod?