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 toBest of Phoenix
100:Steven Revering's Westward Ho
99:Jon Ashcroft's Suspended in Geography
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
89.Arnold Guerrero's Camelback Mountain
88.Sean Deckert's Ginae vs. the 12th Street Gang
87.Pete Petrisko's Admiral of Phoenix
86.Quincy Ross' Lone Skyscraper
85.Andrew Armstrong's Illustrated Cityscape
84.Thomas Schultz's Phoenix Artifact
83.Adrian Lesoing's N. Evergreen
82.Suzanne Falk's Kon Tiki Hotel
81.Lindz Lew's Bon Voyeur
80.Kevin Patterson's Phoenix Swamp Beast
79.Ramy Sidarous' Three Windows
78.Will Mejia's Orpheum Theatre
77.Steve Weiss' Portrait of Louis Lee
76.Larry Willis' Apparition on East McDowell
75.Claire Warden's Untitled No. 3
74.Randy Zucker's Dancing Saguaro
73.Robert Brandan Martinez's Medical Cannabis Tax Stamp
72.Edward Jensen's Phoenix Financial Center
70.Mark Dudlik's Phoenix Rebound
66.Eric Iwersen's The Saguaros Have Been Here the Longest
61. A Military Parade in Phoenix (c. 1888)
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59. Lisa Marie Sipe's Sweeping Succulent
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