14 imagesCarousel is the favored term to describe an amusement ride, which allows men and women and children, for a small fee, to travel with elaborately carved and painted animals on a rotating platform. The modern carousel ride is distantly related to Turkish games of horsemanship first witnessed by the Crusaders; these evolved into horse ballets and musical rides for the European courts by the 16th century. Sometimes carousels are referred to as merry-go-rounds, a term that links their purposes with joy. Carousels are found the world over: on ocean side piers, in city parks, in shopping malls, inside Nevada casinos, their music, lights and kaleidoscopic color, beacons of delight and personality. The golden age of American carousels first appeared in the early 20th century, and largely, the photographs from Carousel feature from these grand carousels. To ride a carousel is to set forth on a small journey, accompanied by music. Each ride traces a circle, and striding forward with wooden horses, lions and tigers, the future is reconnected to the past. In this way, each ride privileges the journey over the destination. David Arnold, 2007
25 imagesOccasions juxtaposes gift wrapping papers, party streamers, balloons, beach balls and other brightly colored objects with the ruins of Native American pueblos, mission ruins, ghost towns, military forts, gas stations and other abandoned structures located throughout the landscape of North America. The title for Occasions derives from the advertised suggestions for wrapping papers and party supplies as appropriate for special yet non-specified “occasions.” The inspiration for Occasions begins within a deep fascination for the past and for abandoned relics left on the western landscape. The insertion of the brightly colored party supplies into the ruins of the western landscape highlights the sharp contrasts between new and old, then and now.
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