By Michael-Leonard Creditor / Flexible Fotography
It’s officially called the San Diego County Fair. Folks around here, however, mostly just call it The Fair. At least during the month of June.
For three years in the 1990s I was the on-site photographer-of-record for The Fair. It was one of the most arduous photo jobs I ever had: 21 days straight (back then The Fair ran continuously without closing) of being there, on-site and on-call, all day, and sometimes part of the night, to photograph anything and everything that went on at The Fair.
But it was also lots of fun. For one thing, I had access to places that are off-limits to the public, and at times when the fairgrounds was still closed to the public. So, while I fulfilled all the duties I had to as Fair Photographer (that’s photographer for The Fair, not just a fair photographer) I also was able to make quite a few images for myself that I knew weren’t particularly useful to the client. Since we are right in the midst of The Fair, here are some of those photos you will see nowhere else.
All photos © michael-leonard creditor / full-size images @ flexible fotography