Photographing Iconic Coney Island

August 28, 2014 1:32 PM

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Photographing Iconic Coney Island

The concept of Coney Island as an outdoor photo studio is nothing new. Famous and not-so-famous photographers alike have been trekking over the sand there since the very beginning. There is a lot to see and photograph at Coney Island - beachgoers, amusement park weirdos, iconic rides like the Wonder Wheel and the now defunct parachute jump, and the "others" - those people who just seem to be attracted to the place. These "others" are a certain kind of people - a hardened bunch of people who've weathered too much New York and too much sun. There is something in combining all of this that gives Coney Island a special energy. Fortunately, this energy can often be captured by the lens. I produced a recent series of photographs there using a toy camera called the Harinezumi. This little plastic Japanese camera produced unique, slightly distorted, highly saturated photographs, which helped to enhance this special Coney Island charm.

According to Wikipedia, between 1880 and WWII, Coney Island was the largest amusement park in the United States. That's quite something considering what it is today. Although the Coney Island of yesteryear is not the Coney Island of today, it is still a special place with a special kind of people. T...

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