Science Fairs are Not Not Boring

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My latest assignment was to cover the ExxonMobil Texas Science & Engineering Fair, which was held in San Antonio last weekend. Before you get excited and start building images in your mind of some awesome super-science tradeshow that would attract the likes of Doctors Manhattan and Venture, don’t bother. I’m talking about the kind that is populated by middle and high school students from all over the state, the winners of their respective regional science fairs.

My client was the PR firm handling the show for ExxonMobil. Very nice people, and to tell you the truth, I quite enjoyed the fair, being a huge science geek myself. My job was to follow around the VIPs from ExxonMobil and the University of Texas to document their presence to market the event. However, I found myself wanting to hang out at the booths to talk about experiments with some of the students, who were very very smart kids who had done some really hard work on their projects (The study of copepods for the purpose of curing cancer? What? Yes.). But I didn’t do that, because I was there to shoot. And, I managed to find a few rather interesting frames as well.

They all involve chairs.

A man makes a call on his mobile phone prior to the 2009 ExxonMobil Texas Science & Engineering Fair awards ceremony, Monday, March 30, 2009, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

A man makes a call on his mobile phone prior to the 2009 ExxonMobil Texas Science & Engineering Fair awards ceremony, Monday, March 30, 2009, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com) Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Carl Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 ZE

A student catnaps before the 2009 ExxonMobil Texas Science & Engineering Fair awards ceremony, Monday, March 30, 2009, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

A student catnaps before the 2009 ExxonMobil Texas Science & Engineering Fair awards ceremony, Monday, March 30, 2009, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com) Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EF 70-200/2.8 L IS

A man walks into the exhibtion hall during the 2009 ExxonMobil Texas Science & Engineering Fair, Monday, March 30, 2009, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

A man walks into the exhibtion hall during the 2009 ExxonMobil Texas Science & Engineering Fair, Monday, March 30, 2009, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com) Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Carl Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 ZE

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One Response to “Science Fairs are Not Not Boring”

  1. super, i always love shots of repeating patterns and shallow dof 😉

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