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.

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