This is my favorite post of all the Gathering of the Juggalos posts this year. Yeah the naked juggalettes I am going to post tomorrow will get the most traffic but this gallery is my favorite portraits from the festival. I decided to shoot a lot of these day time portraits at F 2.8 so it would give a low depth of field and blow out the background just like I would if I were doing a proper photo shoot. I probably should do that whenever shooting day time event stuff because I am really happy with the results.
Juggalos are one of my favorite subjects and a number of these people I got to talk to for a long time before or after I took their photo. I met a number of people who had helped destroy a guys car who had been kicked out of the Gathering for stealing. One of those guys was homeless and he had spent a month and a half walking from Oregon to get to the Gathering. While he was at the festival he had all of his belongings stolen and was walking around with the catalytic converter from the thief’s car so that he could sell it to help fund the next leg of his journey. I talked to some juggalos who came all the way from Poland to be there and they were so excited to make the pilgrimage to The Gathering. I talked to people I had met in years past who were now fans of my website and couldn’t wait to see the new shots. I talked to a kid who was on work release and told his parole officer he was “working” the festival. The last time I saw him he was drunk driving a limo through the festival grounds. And I talked to a lot of interesting people who came from all over to be at this festival for the best five days of their year.
This gallery also has some nude juggalette photos in here so it’s properly not safe for work but those photos will show up again in the massive NSFW gallery I am going to be posting of nothing but naked juggalettes tomorrow. Every year that is by far the gallery that gets the most traffic so get excited about it. I still have one more gallery to post later tonight but until then…
The Gathering of the Juggalos is a yearly music festival in Cave In Rock, IL created by the Insane Clown Posse that I have now photographed three times. Every year it produces some of the best photos I have ever taken. To see my complete GOTJ archives please click here.