Carnival at sunset

Carnival at sunset, Russell, Ky., June 1977.


The story: Attention Kmart shoppers

I have a variety of nice sunset photographs taken on beaches in West Florida, so it seems a bit strange that my favorite sunset image was taken in a Kmart parking lot in Eastern Kentucky.

This is that sunset.

A carnival set up shop in the parking lot at a Kmart near Russell, Ky., for a week or so in June 1977. My wife and I stopped by and I took a few photos while we were walking around. I was intrigued by the juxtaposition of the vertical geometry of the Ferris wheel and an adjacent horizontal ride so I grabbed this shot as we headed to the car. 

I didn’t think about it again until I picked up the prints a few days later and found this image at the bottom of the stack. The geometric shapes were striking against a deep red-orange sunset sky.

So who needs Florida beaches when you can pick up a nice sunset at Kmart?