For as long as I can remember I have been a visual storyteller. When I was 7 I was allowed to use the family’s slide projector to craft narratives of family vacations, mostly around the imaginatings of a young boy exploring the wilds of the southeast side of Chicago, Saugatuck Michigan and the Indiana Dunes. This expanded to film when I was given my grandfather’s 16mm projector and his gym bag full of home movies, cartoons and newsreels. I would edit the film and my brother and I would build soundtracks of sound effects and crude music on a tape recorder and have “A Show” for our friends and family.
At the age of 8 I was introduced to the darkroom and the wonders of black and white photography. This began a life long passion for making images that strive to evoke and prompt introspection. As an adult I embarked on a professional life of Graphic Design, Product and Event photography and Industrial Film making.
This collection of images are from a body of work based on the American County Fair. I am exploring the idea that while, in this social environment, we are participants in the goings on yet the individual spectator is isolated, within their own perception of the sights, sounds and smells around them. At the same time the Farmers, Operators, Hawkers and Entertainers go about their jobs in their own isolation, separated from the sea of humanity that they ply for their reward.
As a professional photographer I validated my work thru the feedback of the Client. In these photographs I, and You are the Client. I hope you find these photographs interesting and provocative.