First, I realize I have not been on here in a while. Lots has been going on, some fun and some not fun. Now that things are mostly stable, time to expound on a few things.
First, the Ky Highlands Renaissance Fair is currently in full swing, with last weekend being the first of the 6 weekends. I am there this year for the first 4 of them, with a possibility of being there to help close up shop on the last day. I work at the Legacy Forge booth at the fair, where we sell swords, axes, hammers, knives and all other types of weaponry meant for stage combat and full use.
Before that, I used to be the photographer for the fair, capturing cast, crew, acts, patrons and vendors and any other general mayhem going on. It was hot work, but fun and I didn’t have any real requirements other than my own self-imposed one – show the entire fair without just focusing on any single element more than any other. I have noticed that, especially recently, the “photographers” are only getting single aspect of the fair – cast.
They may mix up a few extra shots if there happens to be something else going on the cast is in front of, but no vendor or area photos are showing up on the “official” albums. There are some exceptions, but they are so few and far between that it is hard to find them without digging or luck. That’s too bad, because while cast is great, they are only a part of a whole.
Keep in mind, I am not saying anything about the skill of the photogs, only their lack of subject diversity. It would be like going to Disney World but only photographing the Castle. What about the rest of the massive park?
Now, if you happen to be one of these photogs, and you take offense – good, then maybe take note as well. Start seeing the rest of the fair through your lenses, and I know you will get some great subjects in the booths and patrons and even the crew. All having a good time.