Growing up, snow was something I saw a lot of. I remember walking to Van Burnett Elementary in snow pants and snow boots and hopefully after school walking to a steep hill somewhere to go sledding. In Wisconsin snow is something you know, for six months out of the year, is probably going to happen but in South Carolina, it’s fairly rare to get any kind of accumulation. It’s even more rare when you live Near Charleston. I think we can all agree that snow is beautiful... for a few days. So when the people of South Carolina get snow and after they’re done freaking out and clearing grocery stores for supplies to make the traditional milk sandwich, they tend to enjoy it. I know my wife, our dog and I, sure did. We were also happy to see it leave.
There are thousands of adjectives used to describe fairs across the country. When I think of the fair I immediately think of, body odor, and fried sugar. Never the less there is something so gripping about the fair, something that makes you want to go every year. It may be the food, the rides, the people watching or just simply pure nostalgia. When I was a kid growing up in a small town in Wisconsin, where there isn’t much to do for someone under 21, the fair was something we looked forward to every year, and in Wisconsin it was always the event that rounded out the summer. One Summer my brother and I even traveled the state with my Uncle and his band as they played from fair to fair. I guess you could say I have a lot of fond memories at the fair, and who doesn’t? I mean unless you were part of a ride malfunction or a creepy carnie situation. Now a days as an adult with no kids currently, I don’t tend to make the fair a priority, the wife and I have gone a couple of times, usually purely for people watching and so I can get some photographs. I think besides the nostalgia I get from the fair one thing I love most about it is the simplicity and old school “ no care in the world” feeling it puts off. Everyone is just walking around with turkey legs and elephant ears, looking to get scammed on the next game, or maybe even win their significant other a prize. The fair is something almost as American as baseball, and its definitely something I hope my kids will enjoy as much as I did and still do, and even though I am no longer in Wisconsin I know that once a year, if I want, I can get Cheescurds! Here are some photos I took at the fair, which is so visually stimulating, for obvious reasons. All of these photos were taken on my Fujifilm x100F.
That moon though!
Who knows if they’re actually from Wisconsin?
One of my favorite places in the world will always be NYC. The things a lot of people hate about the city is a lot of what makes me love it. The sounds, the smells, the people. NYC is a melting pot and I love it. Did I say that already? Anyways, I recently went back with my beautiful wife for our third wedding anniversary, I use this time to explore with her and ultimately see things together that we haven’t seen before. Here are some of my favorite photos from that trip, and hopefully from these photos you can feel my passion for this city as well as my love for my wife. We’ll meet again soon, NYC, but not soon enough. Cheers!