In continuing my pursuit of fine tuning the craft of photojournalism with self assignments, I arrived today at the first of many demolition derbies across Northeast Ohio that I'll be exploring as a visual journalist. Not since my staff photographer days at the Medina Gazette have I stepped foot onto fairgrounds, let alone a derby. That was probably seven years ago! I have to admit, the atmosphere and culture present at these events can be a little tricky. After a few minutes of uneasiness, the initial 'newness' passed, and I found myself in the eager midst of a family competing for generations. The second youngest at 13 years old was racing today. His younger sister, 12, looked on eagerly - no quite age qualified. But, ready to race none the less; and, happy to support her older brother! What's more, she knows how to weld! Talk about instilling life skills into women early on ... That's really cool.
So, I'll continue this project, and see where it takes me. Meanwhile, I'm "off" for a day to do some much needed office work, then will hit the road for New York on another self assigned project for three days. More later on that one.
Once again, thanks for looking! Enjoy.
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