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: Military History Fest

Visiting with reenactors through our continued insider look at conventions, with photographer Arthur Drooker

Through his ever-present lens, photographer Arthur Drooker has taken CH on tours through the delightful, odd and evocative worlds of conventions and convention attendees. Drooker indoctrinated us into Brony culture, introduced us to over 150 Abraham Lincolns and stripped off the veil shrouding sexual fetishes, all while collecting components for his new book, “Conventional Wisdom.” His most recent stop was the Military History Fest, appropriately …