Street Photography And The Teton County Fair, Part 1

Less Pink

Leica M, 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph

The Teton County Fair is an annual event in Jackson, Wyoming, and it is notable not simply as a prototypical American county fair, replete with pig wrestling and the rodeo next door, but for the way it brings together such a wide range of people.  It is, for street photography, a target rich environment.

Teton Fair 6 (1 of 1)

Leica M, 50mm Noctilux

People come to see and be seen, and the rich pageant of personalities — some locals, some tourists — is a feast for the eyes.

Teton Fair 2 (1 of 1)

Leica M, 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph

Families come for the rides and the entertainment, and to see their friends.  It is a communal gathering with roots in such fairs that go back to the dawn of civilization.  And so too should we think of street photography at such events — a capturing of humanity gathering together with roots in painting going back to the time of Breugel.

Teton Fair 5 (1 of 1)

Leica M, 50mm Noctilux

People are open, and less guarded about having their pictures taken.

Teton Fair 8 (1 of 1)

Leica M, 50mm Noctilux

For a fair in a relatively isolated resort community in the West, you see all types.

Teton Fair 7 (1 of 1)

Leica M, 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph

From those who live in Teton County to those visiting from big cities around the world.

Teton Fair 4 (1 of 1)

Leica M, 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph

There is an innocence that seems to accompany those participating in the spectacle.

Teton Fair 9 (1 of 1)

Leica M, 50mm Noctilux

And a simple delight in being there.

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