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A giant white dress

Yes! Children AND adults can sew up a giant white dress, if they want.

But if that’s not your deal, look to the far wall, where you can (apparently) check out the BEST NEBRASKA WINES, which sounds weird enough that it’s probably a real thing.

Neither dresses nor wine your thing? Off to the right, then, is an accordionist/comedian you could check out. I make a mistake of sitting down in the front row after he’d started his show – I must have violated some some provision of the of Accordionist Audience Code of Ethics, which just goes to show the hidden dangers of traveling in foreign places like Nebraska – and he heckled me relentlessly. At one point, when some old dude came down to take a picture, he stopped playing, and said as he gestured to my camera, “Sir – no photos. She’s here from Jimmy Fallon and won’t let anyone else photograph me.” It was SO FUNNY. To the accordionist.

All this to say the state fair had plenty of stuff to look at.

Nebraska State Fair
Grand Island, Nebraska
photographed 8.28.2018

Table near the kitchen

I understand that maybe some people would object to being seated near the kitchen.

But those people would miss the chance to fill up the evening with stealth-shooting the kitchen door and the way the light ebbed and flowed and the staff moved in practiced fashion.

Chicago, Illinois
photographed 6.24.2018

Patron of the arts

My once-concrete rule to never photograph people seems to be on shaky ground…

I spotted this woman in a photography gallery at the Art Institute and took what I thought was a test shot, to set up the one that I really wanted, on another wall of the gallery. But then her friend showed up, and they left before she made it that far.

But I tried.

Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
photographed 6.24.2018

Elevator Operator

Y’all know this about me – that I don’t take photos of people.

Well, until I DO, apparently.

This little girl, so carefully taking aim at the elevator button, was too good to pass up.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Dallas, Texas
photographed 6.2.2018

The Expansive Gesture

Wait. What’s happening here? There seem to be…people…in the shot?

I am going to blame it on a condition I call Conference-induced Ennui, which was creeping up on me after a day and a half attending a professional conference in New Orleans. It was starting to look like a serious case, so on the lunch break, I decided it was time for some drastic action. In this case the drastic action involved, well, spying on those two women.

Maybe the woman on the right was trying to stretch her way through her own case of Conference-induced Ennui. But whatever she was doing, it was interesting enough for me to go way out on my photographic limb and make a photo of her.

And then, it was back to sessions. Stuff like “Essential Techniques for Successful Public Engagement” and “Ethics Cases of the Year” and “Denver’s Blueprint for an Inclusive City.” See what I mean about the ennui? You’re feeling a little lethargic just from reading that sentence, aren’t you?

New Orleans, Louisiana
photographed 4.22.2018

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