I visited a medieval Christmas market in Burg Lichtenberg, Germany today. It was cold and thankfully it did not rain on us. Christmas markets in Germany are awesome but they all usually have pretty much the same things, but the medieval Christmas markets are very unique. There were lots of traditional gifts and then there was the black smiths, knives, chainmail, animal pelts, crossbows and medieval musical instruments. If you get the chance to visit one of the medieval Christmas markets here in Germany try to capture the unique nature of the event, don’t focus on the usual Christmas market photos.
The atmosphere of the market needs to be brought out in your photos so it is very important to get the vendors who are dressed in typical medieval costumes, of course it is always polite to ask first. Display’s of artisans performing their craft are also great subjects. Most of the medieval markets I have gone to have had a black smith doing something, usually making pendants for the kids. Black smiths are always great subjects, whether pounding on red hot steel or using fire and a bellows to melt metal, you will get an interesting photo.
Activities for kids are also great photo opportunities, especially if it is something they are not usually exposed to. Christmas markets are a very exciting place for young kids and they will show it in their faces. Photographing the first time a child releases an arrow from a bow or turns a bowl on a potters wheel just about guarantees you will get a photo that’s a keeper. You may not even know the child or family in your photo but it will help you tell the story of your travels, and that is what photography is all about, documenting your memories of a place or time.