In April 2020, during the Covid-19 lockdown, photographer Heidi Alexander discovered (quite by chance) some 35mm film negatives from weekend visits to Stockport Market in Greater Manchester, in 1976 and 1977. Whilst a university student, Heidi had shot several rolls of film using an old Leica M4 camera passed on to her by her father.
Fast forward four decades, "these images brought back happy memories of the wonderful atmosphere I experienced wandering around the market with my camera: the sights, colours and noisy busyness and business which characterise a thriving market community. While processing these 44-year-old images, I was struck by how much they illustrated life before the internet, before Brexit and Covid-19 and Zoom meetings. It was a time when a living, breathing community, with predictable customs based on necessary interdependence, provided that sense of belonging which seems so elusive now in our current online, screen-dependent lifestyles."