You would have to pay me good money to get me to ride something like this. Though, this one seems less intimidating than the other rides I saw at Rodeo Austin. I can tolerate lateral forces better than sudden drops.
Not all of my works are original and truth be told, I’m sure none of my photographs break any new ground. I was at the carnival with my friend Chuck and he made a photograph similar to this. I borrowed his idea and made my own. Timing a perfect shot is difficult and it took multiple attempts to get a composition that I like.
These rides make me want to shoot Coney Island in NYC. The history and street photography opportunities seem compelling. I don’t ever remember going to Coney Island when I lived in New York; maybe I did when I was small. Honestly, I really didn’t like New York when I grew up there. And, it was during its dark days in the ’60s through the mid-’80s. But, as a photographer, it would’ve been interesting. Now, I would love to spend many months shooting New York. I’m sure at some level the urban grit of NY is in my blood, which has influenced my urban-based photo interests.
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