Most of these images were shot in May, 2012 during a carnival visit to town. A few of the photos come from earlier visits of the same carnival.

Having grown up in a small town, there was something special about having the carnival come to town. Even though the machines are humble and, well, kind of sad and grim, like the whole atmosphere, in a way.

The whole place is so plastic and worn, gaudy and superficial, and that's all it offers and that's all we ask for. I wanted to juxtapose that against something soulful and deep. Music for the thousands of small dramas that play themselves out.

Soundtrack: I'll Cook You Dry Beans (Sándor Lakatos)

Blog: mikeambach.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/scapegoats/

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