I currently work in Mansfield, Ohio, a manufacturing city affected by a decades-long economic deterioration that has worsened in recent years. There are a few parades and festivals that occur throughout the year in the depressed city. During these events, Mansfielders emerge from their homes, cars, and workplaces and crowd the streets of downtown area. I have been photographing within these crowds for years, focusing on individuals as they move in-between enjoyable moments.
I recently decided that, instead of photographing from within happy crowds, I would attempt to create footage from the perspective of an enjoyable thing. I signed up to participate in Mansfield’s annual Christmas parade, decorated a truck, rented friendly animal costumes, and bought twenty pounds of candy. On the day of the parade I, along with four costumed characters, rode along the parade route and threw candy towards individuals waiting in the freezing cold. Two video cameras mounted to either side of the truck captured Mansfielders standing amongst local businesses and abandoned buildings. These individuals are captured as they wave, laugh, and beg for candy. The footage is a portrait of my community, and a brief, joyful exchange we once shared.