Saturday, we went down to Arlington Heights to wander through the arts fair. It was what you’d expect of an outdoor art fair in the suburbs: very mediocre, predictable floral paintings interspersed with very few instances of actual talent.
Here’s Traveling Painter‘s uberexcited Spitz-Border Collie dog, Kaya, enjoying the ride over:
And the nomadic artist, herself:
I decided I’d attempt the whole “street” photography thing, having never really done it before. I think this was the perfect place to start, as the crowd was so dense, it was easy to catch people unawares. All the following shots were taken ‘from-the-hip’, as it were, with the exception of one I will note*. Also, I really wanted a wide angle for this job, so I borrowed a 18-55mm and pretty much just shot at 18mm all day.
My favorite from the day:
This guy was one of like 2 black people there:
All the little kids were curious about Kaya:
And the star of our show? An extremely disheveled art-monger wearing a white linen suit with purple hair and a coke nail:
I wouldn’t have gotten these remaining shots without the expert assistance of Traveling Painter, who bravely acted as a decoy, engaging this crazy in a conversation which degenerated into exuberant ramblings about Mexicans, swimming to the US from Bulgaria, and how abstract painting is the highest form of art….or something.
During this convoluted lecture-rant, an audience formed outside his tent, and I was able to get a couple more shots:
To say the least, this guy was a character. Part sleazy carnie, part vaudeville performer.
I’m thinking of making a triptych out of three of these images.
All in all, shooting from the hip to get candid shots of strangers was a fun, sly task. I liked the surprise of not knowing how the images looked until I reviewed them later. I can’t wait to do more.