The County Fair is a personal project I created to further push my limits as a documentary photographer. It is considerably easier working on an client assignment where all the expectations and schedules are laid out in advance. Photographing on an open ended project requires that I remain open to new possibilities which keeps my vision sharp and refreshed. My hopes is that this body of work will eventually be published as a companion book for traveling gallery and museum shows.
People reveal themselves differently in a crowd than individually with another person present. I am able to find these moments where I can work with a person to create a portrait or document an activity. I am also fascinated with how the different County Fairs change farm fields with mid-ways and large rides configured on trucks, bright lights powered by large generators and plenty of sounds and music and smells of fried food and grilled BBQ. Many families are taking a few hours off from the the long hours and hard work at their jobs. People come for the rides or to see who might win the tractor pull or any number of agricultural or 4H competitions that are set up at the fairs. These photographs attempt to look closely at the attendees, the workers, the competitors and various entertainment activities that people are engaged with at the county fairs.
2018- Notified by The Gala Awards for my photographic documentary series, 'The County Fair' as the Winner in the professional category of Culture and Daily Life series to be held at the 12th Pollux Awards Collective Exhibition in Barcelona in May 2019.
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