In the summer of 2012, I took my Hasselblad H4D-60 (medium format, digital camera) to the Del Mar Fair (aka San Diego County Fair). My intent was to capture the essence of the Fair with high-resolution, color photographs. After shooting a couple hundred photos, I was disappointed with the result. No single image really captured the carnival atmosphere, the diversity of people and experience, and the complex essence of the Fair.

The solution was two-fold: i) combine two or three photos in an overlaid "collage" so that that bottom photo could be viewed through the photo(s) on top; and ii) covert the color images into sepia images to capture the timeless nature of the Fair.

Each image shows more than one perspective, more than one flavor, of the chaotic fairgrounds. Here are images not seen by anyone at the Fair in a single glance -- collages that present together the “Coppertone Girl and Fish Tacos;" a young man espousing "Greed" and an ATM machine; “Relaxation” turned on its head by a carnival ride, and much more.

Hooligan and Naughty Girls

Hooligan and Naughty Girls

Eagle, Ferris Wheel, and Stars

Eagle, Ferris Wheel, and Stars

Ferris Wheel and Woman

Ferris Wheel and Woman

Frozen Coke and Ferris Wheel

Frozen Coke and Ferris Wheel

Horsewoman and Ferris Wheel

Horsewoman and Ferris Wheel

Greed

Greed

Pirate and Girls

Pirate and Girls

Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful

King of Sundaes

King of Sundaes

Pirate and Hardballs

Pirate and Hardballs

JFK, Guitars, and Martian

JFK, Guitars, and Martian

Pirate, Swingers, and Frozen Coke

Pirate, Swingers, and Frozen Coke

Surfer and Ferris Wheel

Surfer and Ferris Wheel

Pirate, Corn Dogs, and Guitars

Pirate, Corn Dogs, and Guitars

Relaxation

Relaxation

Swingers with Pirate and Lady

Swingers with Pirate and Lady