Last month some members of the Rear Curtain team were lucky enough to be just a ferry ride and a short drive away from meeting with Eric Kruszewski. If you picked up Issue #2, you’ll know Eric from his story American Rodeo and if you’ve visited our site, you’ll remember his piece titled A Slice of America.
Since we publish stories from all over the world, it was especially exciting for us to have the opportunity to personally meet Eric. There is no doubt about it; he is the real deal. A bright, thoughtful, and very professional young man who gave up his job as a mechanical engineer to immerse himself in the work of documenting important stories with his camera. This week Eric wrote a post about his current project working with a traveling carnival. You can read all about how he came to his decision to quit his job and follow his curiosity here.
After our lunch together, we spent the afternoon wandering around the carnival with Eric just chatting about his work, taking a ride on the Ferris wheel (with a special stop at the top), and digging into treats. The highlight of our visit was a sneak peek at some of Eric’s work at the carnival. The Pacific Northwest weather tried its darnedest to rain on our parade but the four of us jumped in the car and huddled over Eric’s computer to view a work in progress. He shared his thinking behind the things he is choosing to photograph and we talked about the kind of work that will be of lasting impact.
Our visit came to an end far too quickly but not before there was a promise to connect again hopefully somewhere in Washington State when the carnival makes another stop within driving distance. The Rear Curtain team plans to make more trips over the coming months, working on stories and perhaps meeting a few more storytellers. See you on the road!
P.S. Don’t forget to submit your story for the Rear Curtain Fellowship Award, details here. The deadline is August 31, 2012.