Foster Malm, 13, moves through one of Jamestown’s bustling markets with remarkable ease. Black iPhone covertly at the ready, he shoots off the hip, capturing unexpected market-goers moving through daily life. Although barely audible over the usual market place chatter, the camera shutter sounds off like rapid fire: close-ups of fresh tomatoes and onions, action shots of a passersby, way-too-close close-up of a woman sitting on a stool.
A market seller begins yelling at Foster in Ga. He understands, but doesn’t engage or acknowledge the indiscretion– this is just as much his world as it is hers. Born and raised in the birthplace of Accra, better known by locals as Ga Mashie, Foster started wandering through the markets by himself when he was just seven years old.
“My mother didn’t want me walking in the street,” he remembers. “But I don’t like walking around the market because I am small boy.” Now a student at Happy Days Academy, and standing at slight 5’2” (more or less), it would be easy to lose Foster in the crowd. However, his small stature makes him privy to a myriad of sophisticated perspectives and places that only a child could know.