Its been a while since I have been a full time working photojournalist. Despite that I continually get the opportunity to tell stories with my camera. Those opportunities have ranged from documenting a bride’s wedding day to telling a story with pictures what makes a client’s business great. Occasionally, when I have the time and the chance, I might just visit a local event for the fun of it to practice my story telling skills, which was the case yesterday in the City of Fairfax where The County of Fairfax celebrated its 275th Birthday. (please see more photos and text below)
The fair held to celebrate Fairfax’s milestone birthday was a big one. It covered several acres of downtown Fairfax and hundreds of people were involved. I find the best way to photograph an event like this is to focus in on one specific area or group of people. So when I saw these 18th Century authentic re-enactors photographing each other with 21-Century iPhones, I knew I had my “story.”
Re-enactor groups like this one do an incredible job of bringing history to life. I have great admiration for what they do especially on a day like yesterday when the temperatures were soaring and the humidity levels were approaching the triple digit mark. No matter what the weather, they are still wearing very warm clothing and hats so they can maintain their authentic look.