Carnivals

While everyone knows the huge amusement parks scattered across the country, Chicago has a long history of festivals and carnivals sponsored by local churches and community organizations. While not as new and polished as the giant roller coasters in the theme parks, the noise, lights and color of these spinning, whirling rides still provide a kaleidoscope of sensory delights. My photographs offer a chance to viscerally connect to a warm summer night just before dusk, filled with the sounds of laughter, the smell of funnel cakes and the blur of brightly colored neon lights, and remember the ride of your life on a Tilt-A-Whirl or a brief kiss at the top of the Ferris Wheel.