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Tucked away in Lehi is this little place I can only think to describe as a ‘town.’ What I believe it may have been was an attraction for kids which featured some kind of western motif with particular uses for each building. One may have been a jail, another a blacksmith, possibly with characters.
Most of them are filled with junk now, some equally antique, but it is clear that this place has been sitting vacant for awhile. I spoke with an old man who apparently watches over it and he said that it is frequented by vandals and the like, so I will not divulge its location.
I believe that many young children walked through the center of this place with legs bowed and hands at their sides ready to draw, imaging the tinkle of spurs on their heels.
As I was driving through southern Utah this last weekend, I looked out into a field and wondered if anyone had tromped through the bushes carrying finely manufactured glass attached to a light sensor. That is, after all, half of photography: carrying around gear. I was thinking of all of the different possibilities for photos. Sometimes it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that every good photo to be taken has been. If you think about how many square feet the space in the atmosphere contains, and think of every one of those squares as a vantage point with 360 degrees of pivot, in addition to endless combinations of weather and daylight, as well as billions of people to pass in and out of those spaces at different times doing different things-you realize pretty quickly that there are plenty of photos to go around.
Like I said, much of photography is simply being dedicated to the capturing of images. Although cell phones have cameras, if you want to capture anything worthwhile you are going to need something with a lens more complex than saran wrap. Going through the trouble of bringing a camera is like a sacrifice to the photography gods in order to get a good image.
There seems to be a direct correlation between how spectacular your images are and how much the environment you are shooting wants to break/steal your camera. This is why National Geographic photographers are so amazing. You may look at a picture of some penguins and think “I could have taken that picture, they are just standing there.” Well, you didn’t. You didn’t fly in a bush plane, haul tons of camping gear, and hike across desolate frozen landscape all with the intent of snapping some pics. I think that is the best part about photography, anyone can do it. I think a good photo is one that makes you think “I could’ve taken that!” Beautiful, yet simple.
After taking this we went around where the booths and games were. One of the girls in the booth asked me (in the blunt, outspoken way a carnival booth operator would) to take a picture of her and her love interest (another booth operator). I enjoy talking to carnival folk as they are quite unique and obliged. I offered to email them the photo but neither of them had an email address!
I realized while leaving that carnival technology has remained essentially the same for the past 40 years. Booths, tents and monstrous machines moving humans in circles. Someone could have begun their career 30 years ago and stayed on the road the entire time, oblivious to modern living conveniences.
The picture of the two didn’t turn out very good because I didn’t have the right lens on and it was quite dark, but I think the picture you have in your mind is better than anything I could have taken anyways.
From my Flickr Photostream
Some day I hope to be as cool as the boys at National Geographic. I will set up a perch in a tree, and wait for 3 days hoping that a rare bird will do a mating dance within my proximity while subsiding on granola and purified dew.
Here is a little thing I did just for fun.