Kevin O'meara's "Second Best"

March 16, 2017

Kevin O’Meara is a photographer and fine artist Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is largely self-taught, picking up information through his grandfather, a lifelong NPPA photographer, and through conversation with other artists.

He has shown work in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Los Angeles and has published multiple photo books. Today we are going to dive into one of Kevin’s more recent bodies of work entitled Second Best. Kevin sought out to document the experience of the second-largest state fair in the country while exploring the idea of regionalism as a sense of entitlement. There is contrast and a dual sense of superiority from both sides of the experience; the tourists watching this simple manner of living and those invested in competition and being the best. Today we take a look at his series Second Best, which was shot between August 26th and September 7th, 2015 at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. The Minnesota State Fair is the second-largest state fair in the nation by total attendance, eclipsed only by Texas.

Second Best was published into a book by A Love Token and is available here.