I know I said I was going to make a couple of other posts about New Orleans – and I will – but last week my daughter and I went to the Rodeo and I have a few photos that I would like to share from that first. Also, the truth is I haven’t been able to spot clean any more of the NOLA photos, or even finish developing & scanning them yet; I also still have 3 rolls from the rodeo waiting in the queue. Anyway, more on the Crescent City next week!
Fairs & rodeos are some of my favorite things to photograph, I suppose because I have always enjoyed attending them. A local fair is super interesting to me visually – the rides, the people, the food, and the carnival workers. Combine that with the sounds and smells, and it’s a very pleasingly overwhelming place. Now that I have a little girl who loves rides to bring with me, it’s even more fun. We spent 6 hours on sunny warm Wednesday making the most of it, including stuffing down way too much popcorn and cotton candy. Last year I photographed the same event with my Hasselblad, but this year I decided to just take the Canonet, in part because I was still a little wiped from lugging heavy gear around on my back. I loaded my handbag with 10 rolls of Tri-X and we were good to go.
At the time, I felt a little disconnected from the photographic process. Mainly I was participating in the day’s activities, and not looking around for decisive moments much – well, not in the same way as if I had gone there alone specifically to make photos. When I developed the first bunch of rolls, I was pleasantly surprised. What I present to you today are the images I made of carnival workers, specifically. As a regular carnival attendee, I have noticed the difference in companies in terms of the people employed; sometimes, I feel like I see a bunch of men and women sitting there looking like they would rather be absolutely anywhere else on earth, and sometimes it’s the complete opposite. Obviously this is a whole other topic and I’m completely unqualified to do any more than guess about how these companies are run. But regardless, I always enjoy talking to the people who are running the rides, and Wednesday was no exception.