'The County Fair' is based on my travels to multiple county fairs in each of the New England states over the last 3 years.
People reveal themselves differently in a crowd distracted by the noise and activities found at the different fairgrounds. I spend anywhere from 10-12 hrs a day looking for moments where I can create iconic images that identify the inherent relationships of people and their environments. There is no more typical American event than the small, rural county fairs with people looking for the thrill of fast rides, barbeque, and cotton candy, all lit by the brightly colored lights powered by huge generators while blasting popular music for the throngs of people who come for a few hours off from the hard work on the local farms. Families come to see the various competitions from the tractor pull or lawnmower pull with souped-up equipment or any number of agricultural or 4H competitions that are set up to entertain and engage the young and older farmers alike.
It is considerably easier working on a client assignment where all the expectations and schedules are laid out in advance. Working on an open-ended project requires that I stay focussed and receptive to the constantly changing possibilities which forces me to keep my vision sharp and refreshed.
I hope that this body of images can eventually be published as a book. I would also like to expand upon this series by traveling and covering more county fairs and the larger state fairs across the USA.
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.
2019 - Summer- Current solo show of The County Fair at the Griffin Museum for Photography, Winchester, MA
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