Pensive Carousel

The man in this picture was actually the operator of the merry-go-round. He seemed to be in generally good spirits while admitting the other riders, but once the world is flying by in front of your eyes, who knows where one’s thoughts will go? I imagine you’d find this same gaze on dozens of passengers staring out the windows of any given train, but the context of this scene adds meaning through its juxtaposition. This was tough to shoot because of the slow shutter speed and the motion of the ride, and it’s mostly luck that I was able to get the timing right to capture his expression. Even then you can see that his feet and legs are blurring, although I find that works favorably for this image as it seems he’s becoming a part of the ride itself.

Over the Niagara

After you leave the US through a one-way gate on your walk toward Canada, but before you arrive at customs on the other side, you go across a long arch bridge with great views of the city of Niagara Falls. The name of this fine piece of civil engineering is Rainbow Bridge, which spans this gray area of political geography in the same location as its predecessor, Honeymoon Bridge, until it was destroyed by ice floes in the late ’30s. I really had no idea there were so many huge buildings around Niagara Falls but quickly realized that the Canadians have designed their side of river to extract maximum revenue from their neighbors to the south. My favorite part of this skyline is the casino, which if you look closely has all the lights out in its sign except those that spell “SIN.”

Side note: Does the order of these buildings make anyone else think of AT&T’s “more bars in more places” ad campaign?