County Fair

This project began in the summer of 2010 during a workshop I took in Maine, and has since continued back home. My original intent was to use the fair grounds as a way learn street photography in a more controlled setting, but what I didn't expect was that I would become so enamored with the cultural life on display.

County fairs present a microcosm of rural life. As a city boy, I sometimes felt like an outsider unfamiliar with the customs and traditions. However, I came to realize that every day people from all walks of life come together to take part in activities of jubilation, making the experience of county fairs something universal that all can relate to.

Shenandoah County Fair, 2010

Shenandoah County Fair, 2010

Shenandoah County Fair, 2010

Shenandoah County Fair, 2010

Union Fair, Maine 2010

Shenandoah County Fair, 2011

Union Fair, Maine 2010

Union Fair, Maine 2010

Shenandoah County Fair, 2010

Shenandoah County Fair, 2010

Union Fair, Maine 2010

Union Fair, Maine 2010

Shenandoah County Fair, 2010

Shenandoah County Fair, 2010

Shenandoah County Fair, 2012

Shenandoah County Fair, 2011

Shenandoah County Fair, 2012

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