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Got Sole

Got Sole

“Got Sole” is from Meg Birnbaum’s project “Corn Dogs and Blue Ribbons,” a series she shot with plastic toy cameras at 14 summer fairs in New England over a two-year period. “The fairs have changed so little over the last century I felt that using toy cameras and black and white film were a good match for capturing these timeless activities,” writes Birnbaum in her artist’s statement. When I reviewed Meg’s portfolio at Photolucida last month, this image stood out. My first impulse was to feel sorry for the animal working in these conditions, but the subtle detail of the tender relationship between the elephant and it’s handler subverted that initial reaction.

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