Brad Armstong's Phoenix Carnival
Artist: Brad Armstrong
I was driving Westbound on I-17 between 24st and 7th street when looked to the north. I saw a early morning Monsoon dust strom blowing across a dirt field. I didn't think much of it until I saw what appeared to be an abandoned carnival. It was such a surrel site I immediately exited the freeway and drove to the site to get a better look.
I had a 35mm film camera with me at the time so I quickly got out of the car and shoot about five or six frames. In the matter of a short minute the dust storm suddenly passed by. I have always considered this image to be a one in a lifetime image. The blowing dirt gives the image a painterly effect that I love. You can see downtown Phoenix in the background on the left side of frame.
The countdown to Best of Phoenix continues! Last year, we profiled 100 Creatives who made a mark on the local arts scene. This year, we'll have 100 creative representations of Phoenix. No scope or requirement on medium or size -- we'll include photography, painting, sculpture, video, installation, literary, and more. What do you see when you Imagine PHX?
95: Allison Elliott's Walls of Downtown Phoenix
94. Fausto Fernandez's Grid City
93. Chikara Kakizawa's Ship Out of Water
92: Dayvid LeMmon's Process / Gentrification
61. A Military Parade in Phoenix (c. 1888)
59. Lisa Marie Sipe's Sweeping Succulent
And, hey! It's lunch time. Check out Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes for some foodie inspiration.
Have a suggestion for a Phoenix icon by a local creative? Leave it in the comments section or email Claire.Lawton@newtimes.com
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