One of my favorite parts about journalism is you get to learn something new on a daily basis. The other day I was sent out to take photos of amusement ride inspectors checking out the rides before the opening night of the county fair. That’s when I met Larry, who just so happened to be conducting the last inspection of his 35 year career in the elevator and amusement safety business. I never even knew elevators and amusement rides were related, but after talking to Larry I learned there’s departments all over the country whose employees focus on those two areas. It was a pleasure getting to spend time on the job with Larry, and even more special since it was his last inspection before retirement.
A few weeks ago I shot the Miss Nursing Home Pageant, and wow…I’ve never seen something so pure in my whole life. These ladies made the audience cry tears of laughter and sadness. I was so impressed by every single one of them. Each woman was introduced to the audience, the emcee read a short bio about their lives that each had written about themselves, and then they answered a series of friendly questions.
My favorite was a woman who said she’d never been married, but that wasn’t a problem and she never wanted to be because, “she didn’t need a man telling her what to do.”
The ladies were all wonderful and I am so happy I got to spend the afternoon with them. Here are some of my favorite images.