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Inaugural Indy Mural Fest

We love to celebrate art and artists, so I was excited to photograph a new event in Indianapolis: Indy Mural Fest. I appreciate their mission to have a festival full of LOCAL artists, so the full talent of our city is on public display.

Another important factor is that all artists are paid for their work. As a working artist myself, I know how much of a reward it is to be hired for your own vision, so it’s great to see others provided that same opportunity.

indy mural fest indianapolis art
indy mural fest indianapolis art
indy mural fest indianapolis art
indy mural fest indianapolis art
indy mural fest indianapolis art
indy mural fest indianapolis art

See it Yourself

A great thing about this mural art is that it’s on display around the clock in public places. Take a look at this map and go see the art for yourself!

indy mural fest indianapolis art
indy mural fest indianapolis art

Director’s Cut

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Our newsletter is the place we give a first-looks and extended galleries of my weekly stories. It also includes extras like free downloads, tips, discounts on prints and more.

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Happy Birthday, America!

One of the things I enjoy most about shooting this time of year is the diversity of people that come out to celebrate America’s independence.  It’s a great reminder that we all love this country and we all are welcome here.

Here’s a slideshow of some of our favorite images celebrating America…

A handful of these images are available to order as prints on our online shop. 20% of proceeds will benefit Exodus Refugee Immigration in Indianapolis.

For more patriotic inspiration, check these out:

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Fair Photography

As a born and bred Midwesterner, I love documenting fairs and festivals. I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana attending the 3 Rivers Festival.  Each year, my family would travel to my father’s boyhood home in Wayne County, Ohio to attend the fair.  The animals, funnel cakes, disorienting carnival rides and tractor pulls were rites I looked forward to each year.

Now that I have a family of my own, I really enjoy experiencing the simple old-fashioned fun that a fair offers to my young children. Petting cows, feeding goats, consuming ridiculous fried food and lemon shake-ups, and of course those exact same (literally) carnival rides all feel like a step back in time to my own childhood.

I took the Ferris wheel image above at the Italian Street Festival in Indianapolis in 2010 and that inspired me to begin traveling to document events across the state.  Since 2010, I’ve photographed a couple dozen festivals and fairs which I’ve compiled into my Indiana Fair Project.

County fairs and town festivals are often long-held events where communities gather to celebrate what makes them distinct.  By visiting all corners of the state to photograph these annual happenings, I’m seeking to document how the traditions of these events connect Hoosiers to their past and to each other.

The Indiana State Fair is happening now, so keep an eye on Instagram for new images.  Plus, I’ll be posting old favorites from the Indiana Fair Project. If Twitter is your preference, follow @zachdobson for some highlights of fairs and other interesting stuff.

Thanks for reading my blog  and be sure to share this post with someone you know who loves the fair. Who doesn’t love the fair?!  My wife assures me no one!

Happy Sow. Indiana State Fair. 2016

Showmanship. Indiana State Fair. 2016

The Annual Balloon Glow. Elkhart County Fair. 2012.

Fried Foods. Indiana State Fair. 2010.

Goat Bath. Hamilton County Fair. 2010.

Hot August Day. Indiana State Fair. 2010.

Hog Wrestling. Delaware County Fair. 2010.

Cowboys. Portage County Fair. 2010.

Rodeo. Portage County Fair. 2010.

Showtime. Elkhart County Fair. 2010.

Beauty Pageant. Fulton County Fair. 2010.

Demolition Derby. Gibson County Fair. 2010.

Warming Up. Indiana State Fair. 2011.

Funnel Cake Down. CarmelFest. 2013.

Tilt-a-Whirl. Bremen Fireman’s Festival. 2010.


RIOT LA 2016 is currently underway in downtown Los Angeles and this is my 3rd time documenting the festival.  It’s always one of my favorite events to photograph each year.  With standup, improv, podcasts, music and more, RIOT artists are always pushing boundaries and experimenting, and as the festival’s lead photographer, I’ve always been afforded the freedom to do the same.

So thank you to the performers and organizers (particularly the festival’s creator, Abbey Londer) for the privilege of telling your story.  I hope that my photos bring back the excitement of the weekend long after it has passed.

Below are some of my current favorites from Friday & Saturday.  Check out my twitter and instagram feeds for more photos soon.01_zfri_7551 03_zfri_7699 04_zfri_7724 05_zfri_0470 03_zsat_8227 05_zsat_8402 06_zsat_0661 12_zsat_8677 15_zsat_8884 16_zsat_7637 17_zsat_8996  19_zsat_9368