“Being born and raised in the rural Midwest gives me a deep appreciation for small towns and communities in the U.S.,” McClain said. “In a lot of ways, I feel more comfortable in situations like this. It feels like time slows down a little bit. You almost feel kind of sheltered from the news that’s going on. There’s an innocence. It represents a simpler life, and it’s a life that’s going away.”
McClain set to work making images of events such as the demolition derby, livestock judging and the midway rides.
“I always try to get there early and stay late. I always want that next great picture, so I am always pushing myself to stay longer and turn that next corner,” he said. “The next best picture that you’ve ever taken is moments away sometimes. You just don’t know it.”
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