This project was greatly facilitated by the invaluable support of Sam Mars, Dawn Lea Chalmers, Kim Mills, John Wachob and Laura Thrash. Special thanks also are due to the entire Mars family for permitting the photographer to use "The Mars Hangar" as an oasis from the oppressive mid-summer heat of the red clay hills of Mississippi.
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After a twenty-five-year career in social psychology documenting some of the most disturbing human behaviors, I studied photography and began a second career in fine art and documentary photography toward the goal of spending the next twenty-five years documenting brighter aspects of the human condition. In direct contrast to developing treatment paradigms for violent juvenile offenders and victims of child sexual abuse, I am drawn to projects focusing on the wonderment of individuality, particularly in context of spotlighting unpretentious persons with gentle spirits and other persons who traditionally go unnoticed.
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Additional Project Photographs
The full version of this project contains 104 B&W and 21 color photographs. Additional photographs from this projects may be viewed via the following link to the photographer's personal website:
Photographer: Michael Whitaker
Exhibit Title: Very Close and Personal: The 2010 Neshoba County Fair®
Location: Mississippi, United States
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