Photo Essay

Wheel in the sky

Ferris Wheel VIII

The ferris wheel is a plethora of visual stimulation. When I see one, I almost can't look away. To me, these are some of the most beautiful structures ever constructed... and you can ride them!

I can still remember going to the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair as a little girl in the 80's and gazing up in awe at the huge wheel. It was always my favorite part of the fair, and the only ride I would go within 10 feet of (cough cough, still is). Oh, it was magnificent! The circles, the spokes, the lights... Like magic you were being lifted far away from all the chaos on the ground to a place in the sky where it was quiet and you could feel a cool breeze all around you. And it never lasted long enough, you had to try really hard to soak in as much goodness as you could before you got back to the ground. Once you were back on your feet it could be forever before you had the chance to relive that experience again..

A couple of weeks ago I rode the ferris wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. It was my first ferris wheel ride in over a decade. It took a little persuading from my sister-in-law and a lot of breathing exercises to calm my nerves, but being on top of that wheel felt like being on top of the world. Seeing the city of Chicago and Lake Michigan at that height was nothing short of spectacular.

Photographing the ferris wheel is my way of capturing that feeling of magic and wonder. Not to mention creating my own little paper treasure of geometric bliss.

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14 responses

  • Hannah DeYoung

    Hannah DeYoung gave props (21 Oct 2008):

    how interesting! good shots of each wheel, they are all beautiful!

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (21 Oct 2008):

    ABSOLUTELY Gets my vote!! Well done!!

  • Spectre Photo

    Spectre Photo gave props (21 Oct 2008):

    I love every single one..voted

  • d s

    d s gave props (21 Oct 2008):

    great shots! wonderful essay!! my head's have my vote!

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (21 Oct 2008):

    My vote for sure! This is a great P.E.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (21 Oct 2008):

    wonderful photos, Kendi, I love all of them.My vote.

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (23 Oct 2008):

    Great perspectives here.

  • molly .

    molly . gave props (5 Nov 2008):

    this is truly, truly fantastic!!!!! got my vote!

  • ! Johan Conradson

    ! Johan Conradson (Deleted) gave props (13 Apr 2009):

    Really good story and photos! Voted!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (12 Nov 2009):

    Great, voted

  • mark regester

    mark regester (Deleted) gave props (19 Jan 2010):

    love it. voted!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (26 Nov 2012):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • JPG

    JPG gave props (2 Dec 2012):

    Congrats on being The Story of the Week!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (6 Dec 2012):

    love - my vote and congrats on story of the week

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