Category Archives: Fun
I got to photograph the Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff before the 2012 Marathon that, sadly was cancelled. But the kickoff was great. I covered Team for Kids, a group of runners who raise money for the New York Road Runners‘ school running programs. Many of the participants hadn’t been runners until they started training for the marathon with TFK and their volunteer coaches. So what’s my excuse for not running the races? Well… I have to photograph them!
I go to the Franklin County Fair almost every September, although my attendance has slipped since I left my home. The midway is always crowded with dusty work boots, tart caramel apples, and teenagers carrying toddlers and giant cups of lemonade. 4-H farmers hose down cows until their legs glow perfect white, elaborate quilts hang in the round house above an old man slowly playing a keyboard, and bright fruit wins blue ribbons. Fat trout slowly wave their tails in the fish and game barn. Sometimes there’s a calf that will lick your hand with its thick tongue, and you can climb on the tractors to have your picture taken.
Going home feels strange, though: the rides seem more broken and the hometown metal band less loud, everything looks smaller and I feel more out of place than ever. My 4-H club meetings and barn jobs seem immediate to me, but I know they were a long time ago to anyone else, and I don’t know what it means to live in a place that I’m not from. But the light at the fair is still beautiful, fried dough with maple cream seeps grease into paper napkins like it should, and the demolition derby is loud as hell and completely exhilarating.
One night, well actually a few nights, I put on eyeliner and was definitely going to go out until it became time to go out, when i realized that no, no, I was definitely going to stay in, because the city is so far away. But friends pulled my out of my house, although I was mumbling about things-I-have-to-do-in-the-morning and griping at the train and hating the whole idea until I was past the line and inside the club where suddenly I was dancing and taking pictures and having a good time just like I should.
I shot these for the Wall Street Journal.