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  • Jennifer Dowd

Capturing the Essence of a Community Fair - Sept 2, 2023

When you think of a fair, what comes to mind? Ferris wheels, cotton candy, and thrilling rides that make your heart race? While those elements are undoubtedly a part of the excitement, my recent visit to the Saanich Fair was a unique experience that revolved around a different kind of thrill – the thrill of street photography. Why not take this opportunity to improve my photography skills?

One of the first things that struck me as I entered the fairgrounds was the surprising lack of the usual chaos and crowds. It wasn't as busy as I had anticipated, which turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The more relaxed atmosphere allowed me to focus on my photography without feeling rushed or overwhelmed.

As I strolled through the fair, I was immediately drawn to the animal exhibits. From prize-winning cows to playful donkeys and majestic horses, there was an undeniable charm in observing these creatures in their element. Each click of my camera captured a moment of their grace and beauty, reminding me of the deep connection between humans and animals that is so often forgotten in our fast-paced world.

Walking through the fair, I couldn't help but be amazed by the dedication of the local artists who had submitted their work. It's not easy to put your creations out there for the world to see, and their courage and talent were truly inspiring.

As I wrapped up my evening at the Saanich Fair, I couldn't help but feel a sense of fulfillment. I may not have gone on the exhilarating rides, but I had embarked on a different kind of adventure – one that allowed me to capture the essence of this event through my lens and appreciate the beauty in the simplicity of life.

For me, it was another event crossed off my bucket list, but it was also a reminder of the richness of the world waiting to be explored, one photograph at a time.

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