Strangely Mesmerizing Photos of Amusement Park Rides

Although we rarely think about it, amusement park rides are designed with a very specific purpose in mind: to lure potential riders, particularly ones who are already overstimulated by the sights, sounds, and scents of the fairground. Hence the candy colors, the lights, the vague yet glamorous themes, like pop music and sports. German photographer Daniel Sebastian Schaub draws attention to all this artifice in Wondrous Whirligigs, a photo series that captures these strikingly similar rides vacant and at rest. The images (spotted via Fubiz) are mesmerizing, both in their subjects and in the starkness with which they depict what Schaub refers to as “the game of simulation.”

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