People reveal themselves differently in a crowd distracted by the noise and activities found at a County Fair. I look for moments where I can create a portrait or document an activity that speaks about the inherent relationships of people to their environments. I am also fascinated with how the different County Fairs change quiet farm fields to bustling walls of people looking for rides configured on trucks with bright lights powered by huge generators blasting music and cooking fried foods and grilled meats. Many families are taking a few hours off from the hard work on the family farms. 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, the entertainers and the various activities which people are involved with.
The County Fair is a personal project that I have created to push my limits as a documentary photographer and to explore the people and activities that take place at many State and County Fairs. It is considerably easier working on an client assignment where all the expectations and schedules are laid out in advance. Working on an open ended project requires that I stay focussed while also being receptive to the constantly changing possibilities which keeps my vision sharp and refreshed. My hope is that this body of work will eventually be published as a companion book for gallery and museum shows.
2018- Winner for my photographic documentary series, The County Fair in the professional category of Culture and Daily Life at the 12th Pollux Awards Collective Exhibition to be held in Barcelona in May 2019.
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