‘In the Market, Bangalore’
There are numerous postcards depicting this market from the early 1900s, all from slightly different angles, by different publishers and with different captions, including ‘New Market’ and ‘Cantonment Market’. What is particularly interesting about this postcard is the man in the foreground who looks directly out at us from the image and draws the viewer in. He alone seems interested or engaged with the photographer’s presence whilst everyone else is occupied going about their business. Was he asked to stand and look towards the camera? Or did he himself decide to confront the camera’s gaze by returning it?
The message on the reverse of this postcard makes no mention of the market but, as was a common theme, laments the hot weather in Madras, where the postcard was sent from. By looking at this and other postcards sent by the same man we know that his wife, Mrs Brown, was badly affected by the heat every year.