Arthur Drooker’s “Conventional Wisdom” Book

After years of photographing obscure and fascinating conventions, a comprehensive visual tome

Between July 2013 and January 2015, we were honored to publish the work of photographer Arthur Drooker as he developed installments within a rather unique series known as Conventional Wisdom. Drooker traveled the US, attending obscure conventions and capturing images with curiosity and respect. His ultimate goal was to produce a book and now, thanks to publishing house Glitterati, he has done exactly that. “Conventional …

Conventional Wisdom: Merfest

Photographer Arthur Drooker joins over 300 mermaids and mermen in North Carolina

Among the many wondrous gatherings we’ve explored in our Conventional Wisdom series—a trek through unique conventions across the US with photographer Arthur Drooker, as he prepares for a photography book on the subject—nothing is quite like Merfest. This costumed celebration of the mythological mermaid is run by the NC Merfolk, a group that swims together as merfolk three times a week. The Triangle Aquatic Center …

Conventional Wisdom: Anthrocon

"Furries" unite from around the globe, as captured by photographer Arthur Drooker

“This is the highlight of my year,” Thumpie Bunny Eve shared with photographer Arthur Drooker, while sat atop a piano, wearing high heels, exuding sexuality—and wearing a rabbit costume. This was just one scene at Anthrocon, the world’s largest convention for anthropomorphics, the humanlike animal characters more commonly referred to as “furries.” Anthrocon is the latest stop on Drooker’s Conventional Wisdom tour, during which the …

Conventional Wisdom: International Santa Celebration

Beards, boots, sleighs and plenty of cheer at the annual gathering, explored by photographer Arthur Drooker

For over a year now, photographer Arthur Drooker has traveled the US, stepping into the wondrous world of conventions and meeting their passionate, engaged attendees. Drooker invited CH along, to peer inside every stop through his lens as he constructs a new book appropriately titled Conventional Wisdom. With stops at a Fetish Con, the World Clown Association and even Bronycon, we’ve gained a little insight …

Conventional Wisdom: World Clown Association

An inside look at the wonky world through photographer Arthur Drooker's lens

Just putting on an oversized, colorful suit and slapping on some makeup does not a clown make. There’s a deep understanding of comedy, coupled with zany performance abilities and an acceptance that the role is a historic one. The roots of clowning go back centuries; they’ve been spokespeople for brands, much-loved television presenters—and some have been feared. Situated at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Northbrook, …