Jul. 7, 2014 || The Maine Ave Fish Market in Southwest DC has withstood the changing city line, despite the rejuvenation of the waterfront hitting close to home. There was a chance it could have been shut down for a few years as the city creates "The Wharf," a neighborhood development to accommodate the taste of the gentrifiers moving into the area.
There is beauty in the grittiness the Fish Market encapsulates against the backdrop of pristine modern condos. The market is the oldest operating open air fish market in the nation.
Jul. 15, 2014 || A young woman waits for her mom to pick out the condiments they'll add to their seafood dinners. Tonight the rain kept the throngs of diners from the area, but it didn't keep people from purchasing food to take back home.
Jul. 7, 2014 || A market employee stacks cooked crabs in the early morning summer sun. The market is quiet at 8am, but will soon fill with patrons ready for the day's catch. The market operates 365 days a year through all types of weather. For most of the people working here, it's not a job, its a lifestyle. They work one week on, one week off, through holidays, rain, sleet, and snow.
Sept. 21, 2014 || The Maine Ave Fish Market is a staple in the surrounding DC area. People from all backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and races congregate at the market to buy that day's meal or tomorrow's culinary masterpiece. Patrons wait patiently in the late afternoon sun for their order to be taken and fulfilled.