Notes from the State Fair…. I grew up as a city boy and spent most of my life in urban environments removed from the ways of life of agricultural people in middle America. The farm boys & farm girls that I have been photographing for the series I started in 2014 at state fairs revealed a very different world that I had no intimate knowledge of. These farm boys and farm girls were showcasing and selling their animals at the state fairs and this was the first time in my life that I’d photographed twelve and ten-year-old kids. What I noticed was that many of them were more mature than their years. I wonder if growing up with farm animals, and being so close to life and death on a daily basis, prepares you for your own. Pictured here: Kassie. Minnesota State Fair. 2017. Image 1 of 12.