The State Fair marks my anniversary working at The Current, when three years ago they called me to help film a couple of the performances at the MPR booth. This year the MPR booth has a packed schedule of musicians visiting and performing throughout the whole fair. Braving the heat today, Frankie Lee came out and performed with a small stripped down band with JT Bates on drums and Jeremy Ylvisaker playing bass. And it was only appropriate Ryan Young of Trampled By Turtles joined on the fiddle as TBT was the first band I filmed for The Current. Its inspiring to look back and see how far my photography and filmmaking has come in just the last three years. I'm proud of the photos I made today. I'll always capture the peak action on the microphone during the performance, but its these little moments off of the stage that really tell the story of the day, and I that I'll enjoy looking back at in the years to come. Here's to another year doing work I love.
While digital photography has the upper-hand in quality and ease, there is still something magical about film and how it can influence your photos knowing you only 36 shots on the roll.
Sometimes in photography using a different process or camera can help you to look at something a little differently and find something new. This year at the State Fair I've been carrying an old little Rollei 35 film camera (last photo) in addition to my DSLR. Rather than focusing on capturing the performances, I wanted to capture some of the backstage moments before and after the sessions. While I could have shot these photos on my DSLR, dedicating the little film camera to candids helped ensure I wouldn't let some of these moments slip by. The Rollei 35 is a little quirky to shoot with, focus and exposures are just educated guesses, but the small size is great an keeps it from being the intimidating presence that a larger camera can be.