Creepy Fairground

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Sometimes it’s nice to go out and photograph something a little different. When the shows came to town I just couldn’t help myself. Who can deny the allure of wild rides and creepy clowns?

I’ve always been drawn to the darker side of things. It might seem odd for someone who works as a wedding photographer to say that they like dark things, but there you go. Most of my work is sunshine, flowers, and happiness, and that’s amazing. But I’m very much of the feeling that to truly appreciate the light there has to be darkness. You need the comparison – the side-by-side – to see things properly.

I love shooting weddings. But I think that to really appreciate the incredible job that I do, I should occasionally photograph something different. It’s too easy to fall into a routine, and if that routine is wedding photography then that’s just not fair on my couples. What I do should constantly be fresh and exciting. I like to keep that spark by photographing darker things on occasion. This time I got drawn in by all the fun of the fair.

Fairgrounds, Rides, And The Ghost Train

Fairgrounds are often viewed as “creepy”. They’re supposed to be these great havens of wild enjoyment but there’s that hidden side to them that lends an edge. There’s that chance that something will go wrong: Final Destination 3, anyone? Or that for all the fun the people who work on the shows have a hard time of things. At the extreme end that’s where season 4 of American Horror Story drew its inspiration. And anyone who has a fear of clowns (Coulrophobia) will tell you that you really can’t see what’s under the greasepaint.

These are just a handful, and yes they’re colourful and yes they’re quite abstract, but I like them.