For a *variety* of reasons, carnivals often have a seedy, sinister reputation. Maybe it’s because carnivals tend to attract an internal audience of those who find it difficult to fit in elsewhere? Or maybe because they’re rootless, wandering an event circuit but never establishing a home? Or because stories (Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Circus of Dr. Lao, and my own short story Side Show) and movies (Freaks, and portions of The Lost Boys, the very steamy Two Moon Junction and Big) showcase the seamy underbelly rather than the ordinary surface?
Whatever the reason, a carnival is a world unto itself–full of flashing lights and whirling wheels and shifting shapes that make it difficult to define. Asheville photographer Susan Allen has captured the spirit of the carnival with this series of photographs taken during a recent local set-up. Step right up and enjoy the show!