Think about the sights, smells, and sounds of a carnival: vivid, overdone, sometimes overwhelming, crowded with people. After hours, though, the site of a carnival loses most of this, and what remains stands in contrast to the busier scene. In this project, I am trying to capture some of that after-hours stuff in isolation. Maybe some of these images will remind us of what work must go on behind the scenes of a carnival, and how the trappings of the carnival set a high visual background level of what is to come. And some images may show remnants of the carnival, like faint high-water marks of the flood of fun and excitement hours or days before.
These pictures were snapped around the time of Mardi Gras and Iowa Rabbit Festival celebrations in Lake Charles, LA.