29 Apr 2012

FAIRGROUND SERIES

I had been working on a group of images intermittently for a few weeks, not realising that they would form the basis for a series. Most of the subjects were brightly coloured as is usually the case in fairgrounds and amusement parks – obviously to first attract one’s eye and then the money. I wanted to reduce the colour and experimented with a semi-documentary style with much of the colour reduced or removed, but still retaining a subtle impact. Removing the colour also reduced the distractions and allowed the detail and visual narrative to come forward in a clearer way. This technique set the pattern for most of the images although the emphasis of colour is slightly different in each. My intention was to create a sinister and almost macabre appearance, not the usual fun feeling associated with such places and subjects. [link]