I spent an evening at the Albany Independent Fair's demolition derby on Sep. 7. I wound up spending the whole afternoon and evening with the Simmons family, who had a son in the derby, and their close family friends.
As the night went on, things got drunker and louder. The son won his heat and had nearly destroyed his car... They welded pieces back on and beat the rest of it with sledge hammers- all the while, the younger children were on their own in the chaos.. The noise and commotion started to affect them- they screamed and wailed on each other. I finally stepped in when the little girl started to plead for her mom and took the scared little girl back to her mother. I've been told that another photographer called that "unethical." ha. I'm human first. photographer second. I got a good laugh out of that.
The little girl, Shelby, stuck by my side the whole time. She was constantly looking at the camera with really intense eyes.