At "carnivals," fairs with "vomit comets," I came up with this group by swinging my camera around to interact with the gyrating, garishly lighted entertainment machines.
This image started the series, which was accepted by the owners / managers of Designworks Gallery in Galveston, TX. They sold no prints, even lost one to a flood, but I remember the gallerists with gratitude anyway. In this age of electronic photography, I want to add that the moon was really looming by a Ferris wheel.
How this surprised me!
Especially the red cylinder makes for an impression of depth.
In #1 through #8, both the rides and the camera were moving during the exposure. Starting with #9, the camera stayed on a tripod, so the results depended solely on timing and the loops described by the rides. The lines as if drawn with a Spirograph whose marker is skipping, this picture still manages to be different from others made with the same technique on the same spot just moments before or after; a small difference in craft can make for a big difference in aesthetic impression, ultimately (I aim) in meaning.
It would have been impossible to duplicate images from one moment to the next, which implies that visual experience is infinitely photographically rich even in just one carnival.
Using garish lights, a camera can make something suggestive.