Great clients creating great work This month we are excited to share the work of our talented client R.J. Kern! Congratulations R.J. for creating such a unique piece of work for the 2019 Minnesota State Fair Commemorative Artwork and becoming the first photographer commissioned to do so! R.J. Shares Details About The Project When the Minnesota State Fair contacted me about creating the commemorative art, I thought about the unique experience of how animals are chosen as “Supreme Champions” – the best of the best – and how this tradition honors the past and inspires the present. As the first photographer commissioned by the Minnesota State Fair, I wanted to create a portrait that pays homage to this legacy, highlights the spirit of competition, and documents champion livestock at a decisive moment in time and place at one of the most competitive and popular animal contests in the world. Shooting Under Pressure… For this photograph, Minnesota State Fair Supreme Champion Pairings from 2018, I created portraits of the top male and female open-class exhibition winners in the goat, swine, poultry, sheep, llama, rabbit, beef cattle, draft horse and stock dog categories. Moments after being awarded the title “Supreme Champion” in 2018, the animals were escorted to my photography studio on the fairgrounds (with safety a top priority, of course). After the 12 days of fun, I composited the portraits together to create the final print. Hidden in the artwork is a little surprise inspired by my children, ages 2 and 3, who love to “horse around.” Drawing inspiration from the earliest animal contests that coincided with the first major exhibition of photography, at the 1851 World’s Fair in London, this photograph celebrates the hard work, pride and passion of animal competitors at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. R.J. Shares His Gear List Camera: PhaseOne 645 XF Back: PhaseOne IQ3 Trichromatic Lens: 55mm Schneider-Kreuznach LS f/2.8 Lighting: Two Broncolor Move 1200 w/s packs, various modifiers and gels Lots of sandbags and c-stands Behind the Scenes If you are one of our clients and have exciting news to share please email us!