Monday, 22 November 2010
Alongside the Christkindelmarkt in Leeds (see yesterday's post) was a small traditional funfair with all my favourite attractions, including dodgems and an old-fashioned carousel. I love these brightly painted horses that glide up and down their brass poles. Riding these as a child, I used to really feel as though I was galloping on the dream horse I longed for.
In fact, the rides are properly called 'Gallopers'. The one in Leeds is owned by James A Crow and Sons, and they travel with it round all the major fairs in the UK. It really is beautiful. All the horses are individually painted - works of art in their own way.
I didn't find it very easy to photograph. I had to go in close, as it was hemmed in by other stalls and I couldn't stand back to photograph the whole carousel. But all the lights and colours mean that the individual horses don't really stand out from the background. I tried selectively darkening the photo, to emphasise one horse. Now I can't decide which version I prefer!