All The Fun of the Fair

Sometime in May the fair rolled into my home town of Corby. As a teenager, whenever the fair would arrive, it would carry an almost mythical status, and we would flock to it the blinking, flashing neon and thumping music like moths to a flame. Mostly a place for enjoyment, we'd lose at shooting games and take home goldfish (one of which lived for a staggering 15 years). It was also laced with danger; fights, scuffles and stolen kisses.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + 35mm f/1.4 @ f/2. ISO 200. 1/3200.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + 35mm f/1.4 @ f/4. ISO 400. 1/1800

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + 35mm f/1.4 @ f/2. ISO 200. 1/3000

I’ve always been intrigued by the people who ran the fair, traveling from town to town. I love the juxtaposition of their boredom compared to the fun experienced by their patrons. As children joyfully scream with excitement, whizzing round in on the rides, the ride operator looks off into the middle distance or plays on their phone, unaffected by the frivolity. 

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + 35mm f/1.4 @ f/4. ISO 400. 1/150

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + 35mm f/1.4 @ f/2.5. ISO 400. 1/1500

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + 35mm f/1.4 @ f/3.2. ISO 400. 1/1500

I only had a few hours to grab some shots, whilst treating my goddaughter to some of the rides, but I can see a wider project emerging focusing on the ride operators and owners. It was also one the final times I spent with my X-Pro1 before it met it's demise inside my camera bag. Everything was shot with either the 35mm f/1.4 or the 18mm f/2 and edited using Lightroom + Rebecca Lily Pro Set III presets. 

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + 35mm f/1.4 @ f/2.8. ISO 400. 1/1250.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + 18mm f/2 @ f/2.8. ISO 1000. 1/500.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + 18mm f/2 @ f/2.8. ISO 1000. 1/750

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + 35mm f/1.4 @ f/2. ISO 200. 1/300.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + 35mm f/1.4 @ f/2. ISO 200. 1/340.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + 35mm f/1.4 @ f/2. ISO 200. 1/170.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + 35mm f/1.4 @ f/2.8. ISO 400. 1/3000.