Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Return to the Circus . . .

And to finish for tonight on a lighter note, here are a few more shots from the circus, if one can call it that, a couple of weekends ago . . .
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Sliding out of the sky to a checkerboard landing . . .
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The ticket man waiteth and smoketh . . .
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And if you look carefully here, by the broken glass, crumpled coffee cup, and cigarettes, you may just be able to see a little hidden magic . . .
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21 comments:

lovelyprism said...

Boy howdy... you've been busy! I'm going to start at the top and work my way down. Circus carnie's are the same everywhere, aren't they?

Steve said...

Love the ticket man - there's something so right about a large belly and clogs...!

Not Waving but Drowning said...

I thought so too Steve, the fag just made it perfect.

Loved the slide photograph,

GG

The Sagittarian said...

I want to be 8 again, and I want to spend all day on that slide!!

Peter said...

That's the thing today; when you smoke, you feel "guilty" and you hide!

Mundo Mundaca said...

I adored the image of the slide
I made to remember from the aidas to the diverções park when I was child
Thank you for bringing us such beautiful image and such good memory!

india said...

big slides best if large mud puddle at the foot...

the watercats said...

yay!!... I love them slides!... it would probably make me throw up now I'm a 'grown up' though..

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

Heh! That's the best slide i've seen in ages.

But not as good as the enormous ones from my youth with metal hot enough to burn the skin off your legs and edges sharp enough to cut an artery at 40 paces - they were real slides!

Fly Girl said...

What wonderful wimsical images! I love carnivals and slides, but big-bellied and clogged ticket takers, not so much!

*SparkleMirror* Kiln-Fired Art Studio said...

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David

clo said...

coucou Owen...merci pour ta visite hier...c etait tres sympa de te lire....belle serie :)...un joli coup de coeur pour la premiere ..elle est tres "vitaminée"...!!j aime beaucoup...!bye bye :)

Josh Jones said...

I love the first shot! great colors!

Laurie Cannon said...

The ticket vendor is hilarious
great photo

Magic?
Am I being too literal? (as usual)
Is it hands touching hands? What?

That is the chicken said...

I loved those wave slides as a kid...sometimes you got there on a quiet afternoon and found a nice carnie guy who would let you ride forever...bliss!

louciao said...

The magical mystery tour is waiting to take you away...

Owen said...

Step up, step, to the magical mystery tour... !

If you look very closely you can see the word "MAGIC" written in reverse on the paper taped to the broken glass, showing through faintly from the other side.

Thanks to one and all for sliding down the slide to stop by today !

Watercats, it's ok, you can throw up wherever you wish now that you're grown...

India, sure would be fun with a mud-puddle at the bottom ! I second that thought !

David, wow, THANKS !

Sag... you can be 8 again whenever you come to visit at the Magic Lantern Show, that's the miracle of it ! And remember "You can't be 20, on Sugar Mountain..."

Pixies Feeder (not) sounds like you had some dangerous slides indeed and were lucky to survive...

Again, THANKS to all of you for dropping in, you make this all worthwhile...

(gotta get on with another post now...)

Nathalie said...

The second photo is a winner!
That beer gut is a real "tue-l'amour" !

Jenny said...

The ticket man looks exactly like Bukowski in profile! Even a faint hint of his characteristic sardonic bitter sweet smile. Hm...

ArtSparker said...

I love the kids sliding out of that stormy sky - like birth after labor. And the dog cemetery photos are beautiful.

Mr Toad...I love Mr. Toad's conceited song.

AmyR said...

The image of the ticket booth is such a great slice of life Owen. I think is the epitome of circus ticket takers across the world.