The 10 Best Days of Summer Exhibit

Photographs of the Porter County Fair

ART 163 Digital Photography, Summer Session 2

I have been photographing fairs or making photographs for fair exhibits the better part of my life.

My first photographic essay was a 4-H photography project that was exhibited and won a blue ribbon at the Polk County Fair. The essay was a set of six color pictures mounted on bright green tag board with blue letters stating the title, “How to Butcher a Rabbit.”

Curating this exhibit was as familiar to me as anything could be, but my students also presented a new perspective of the fair in a number of ways. One third of the class had never been to a county fair, an equal portion had never participated as an exhibitor and the remaining third had experienced the county fair in ways that were very similar to my own.  

The ART 163 class went to the Porter County Fair daily.

Exploring the carnival in the morning seems foreign to what is typically represented pictorially.  

We looked carefully at the 4-H projects in the 4-H building, experienced the TSC Barn Yard and Petting Zoo and witnessed a variety of animals being judged.

The food vendors and other concessions were just opening during the times we explored the fair grounds with our cameras.

Antique tractors, huge carnival graphics and decorated stalls housing animals drew the attention of most of us.

Each student, regardless their prior experience, was introduced to the fair and discovered a variety of visual spectacles that were new.

–Aimee Tomasek, curator

 

Contributing Artists:



Zakaria Alabdulmohsen

Zakaria Alabdulmohsen

Zakaria Alabdulmohsen

Zakaria Alabdulmohsen

Saeed Aldeejani

Saeed Aldeejani

Saeed Aldeejani

Saeed Aldeejani

Mohammed A. Alhamoud

Mohammed A. Alhamoud

Mohammed N. Alhamoud

Mohammed N. Alhamoud

Mohammed N. Alhamoud

Mohammed N. Alhamoud

Sultan Alkadi

Sultan Alkadi

Sultan Alkadi

Sultan Alkadi

Fares Alshammary

Fares Alshammary

Fares Alshammary

Fares Alshammary

Tammi Bordelon

Tammi Bordelon

Tammi Bordelon

Tammi Bordelon

Tammi Bordelon

Tammi Bordelon

Randall Cork

Randall Cork

Albert Fernandes

Albert Fernandes

Albert Fernandes

Albert Fernandes

JJ Nunes

JJ Nunes

Zachary Riley

Zachary Riley

Daria Wolf

Daria Wolf

Aida Zabaneh

Aida Zabaneh

Valerie Zivich

Valerie Zivich

Valerie Zivich

Valerie Zivich