Roots Workshop: Barnstable County Fair

August 20, 2010

In July you might remember that I traveled to Cape Cod for a week to participate in the Roots Workshop. I’d been eyeing this workshop for a few years so was glad when scheduling allowed me to sign up.
Overall it was a hugely positive experience – I enjoyed the camaraderie between the students and teachers and loved my assignment at the Hole in One Donut Shop (pictures of that coming soon). You are on the Cape for five nights and they pack as much information and learning each day as possible so it was nice to get a full night’s sleep when I got home πŸ™‚
We arrived on a Sunday and that day was very low key – a welcome barbeque and the first meeting of our groups (four students – two teachers – great ratio!). The next day we had lecture type presentations in the morning, did a shooting exercise after lunch, and then headed off to the Barnstable County Fair!
The workshop centers around Photojournalism – something I practice for the most part at weddings but have never studied in a classroom format. It was a totally different way of photographing – in this case having a few hours to walk around the fair, shoot, figure out the story, and then tell it…..a great exercise in teaching my brain to see things and think about things in a different way.
The photos below are some of my favorites. I tried as I walked around to think about what the essence of an American fair was and how I could visually depict that.
I couldn’t resist taking this one of Arno with his mammoth zoom lens….talk about flying under the radar πŸ˜‰
Love at the fair πŸ™‚ I love the body language of these two teenagers. No expressions. Not touching – so much said πŸ™‚
I knew I wanted to come back and photograph this at night but took a few test shots during the day.
Right place. Right time – this kid waving at someone over my shoulder πŸ™‚
One of the 4-H girls with her steed!
This was one of the things I knew I wanted to try and capture. Here a younger Brother is too short to ride alone but the older Brother gets the go ahead
The inflatable alien playing the game cracked me up πŸ™‚
This kid nailed the clown (who was pretty mean and sarcastic…thankfully he left me alone!)
A sweet little boy watching the motorcycle show.

This to me is so American.
Enter the crazy nutjob stunt motorcyclists (Jeff please DON’T try this!)
Again….how American. One is just not enough – we must have two!
A few night shots.
The last thing I did was ride the ferris wheel….a little terrifying as I’m scared of heights. So these were more me holding up the camera with my eyes squeezed shut hoping I got something πŸ™‚

A very fun assignment and a great way to kick off Roots – more to come!

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