When I was little, my father ran an indoor amusement park. It was just for a few years, the final few years the place was still open. Some of you may have heard of the place - the Palace Amusement Park in Asbury Park, New Jersey. I was eight years old and have free reign of the entire place. A kid's dream come true, especially for a little girl - who not only got to spend the day at an amusement park but also with her dad. It was the best part of my childhood, and has filled me with ever lasting memories.
One of my best memories was of their merry go round. They even later installed a tiny version for toddlers, it was the cutest thing ever. There was this amazing woman that I spent so much time with, and her job was maintaining the merry go round. She painted all the horses and the other pieces. Her work was just beautiful.
In honor of this past love, life, experience, and memories; I am starting a new photography series: Merry Go Rounds. Featuring photos of every merry go round that I come across while I have my camera with me. And I am sure there will be plenty of opportunities considering my daughter is 2yrs old and in love with them.
I hope these photographs bring back fond memories and a passion for having fun.
If I won the lottery and won big, I would hunt down as many pieces of that place as I could (it was all sold off piece by piece) and restore it back to its glory at a new location.
If you would like to read more about this magical place that once was, here is the website: http://www.palaceamusements.com/