Feature Photography

Seeing how I want to see

As a few of you may know, I've been working on a project revolving around demolition derby culture, without photographing much of the action. It's taken some time to really get into the groove. There's a lot going on behind the scenes at these events – heat, humidity, dust, mud, fuel, and a lot of testosterone. Each and every derby presents a unique set of challenges, with the primary objective of settling in with one or two drivers, and their friends/families. This isn't always possible. It's just a fact of documentary work. Sometimes we settle for simply making good pictures, without forming a person to person bond. And, I'm okay with that. 

Two nights ago I was in Fremont, Ohio for the Sandusky County Fair. Never made the connection. I was feeling a little bummed. Until now. 

Tomorrow night is combine derby in Wellington, Ohio at the Lorain County Fair. Anyone interested in meeting up, you shouldn't have trouble spotting me. Number's on the website. Don't be a stranger. 

Thanks for looking.

Twins Day

My take from Twins Day, Saturday, August 6, 2016, in Twinsburg, Ohio.

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Never Been Bull Ridin'

There's all sorts of approaches that can be discussed when photographing an event, or subject matter new and unfamiliar. More often than not with these self-assignments, I find myself just letting go. The one camera one lens philosophy in this discussion, as it is generally accepted as a means of slowing down, reading the subject, and patiently waiting for a moment to appear before the lens was fairly strictly obeyed. 

That being said, I've never photographed bull riding, a rodeo, barrel racing, or muttin' bustin'. I think this gallery speaks for itself. I had an absolute blast on this assignment, and once again owe great thanks to my good friend and fellow photojournalist, Rami, for the continual support. 

Thanks for looking!


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