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the end of summer

Outside the Princess Gates at the Canadian National Exhibition - known here as ‘The EX’. This is where you end summer in Toronto. NB: I have been CORRECTED. These are not the Princess Gates. They are in fact the Princes' Gates, named for the prince of Wales and his brother. But everyone calls them the Princess Gates. Thanks Sue. (and everyone (me and Elena) thought the angel on top was the princess).

She's on a parade float, throwing beads to the masses. Taking it seriously, she scans the crowd for deserving citizens.

Get the ball in the basket, win the prize. 'looks easy'.

I used to love these games. My father would explain - the weighted balls, the tricks, how cheap the big prizes really were. And still, they would let me spend my allowance or trip money giving it a try. And again. 'Till my money ran out and I had that empty feeling. Never did get one of those huge stuffed animals that looked to me like heaven on earth.

Everyone sits apart, waiting for the ride to start, and as soon as it does, they are flung to the other side, pressing against their partner. Very clever! These two don't mind.

He missed.

So many men walking around cradling stuffed animals. Only at the ex - where it's a sign of prowess. Carebear is in love.

Nectar of the gods. Still love that feeling of cotton candy dissolving in my mouth. Sugar headache!

When I was this age, my best friend Rhonda and I would put on our blue eye shadow (love's baby soft) and go to the ex in the evening ON OUR OWN. We'd flirt with the cute boys that ran the rides. Sometimes they would let us stay on the same ride over and over, until we felt sick.

beautiful young woman on the ferris wheel.

the view from the ferris wheel to the princess gates.

the view from the gates to the wheel. goodbye summer.

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    • # Toby Hinshaw

      You are such a great people watcher! You capture terrific moments. #10 is my favorite of this set. Smart guy! :-)

      2007.09.08 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jendayee

      Excellent portraits !!! I always feel embarrassed to shoot peoplein public places, but seeing these shots would probably help me to try one day. I LOVE that set a lot ! thank you and bravo !

      2007.09.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Reeta_Beeta

      I was at the CNE yesterday.... were you?
      That "end of summer" feeling was definitely present.
      My fave is #10.

      I prefer candy apples.... yum!

      2007.09.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lynda

      This set creates such an incredible panorama of a particular place and time that I feel as if I'm walking behind you staring at the stuffed animals, the sights, rides and people.

      2007.09.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Shawn Seah

      This is an amazing set. Very well captured. U've really transported me to wherever you had taken those shots. =)

      2007.09.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Eddied125

      Oh those pictures and your words brought back memories. I remember also playing all them games, spending every cent I had. They should be ashamed of themselves hahaha. very well done. I did win a couple big prizes, but not the one I really wanted. That number 18 photo is so good and the gal so pretty, you brought out such good details. Good job.

      2007.09.03 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Carley

      I like what both Cabecilha and MademoiselleE have said, and they echo my feelings about this set. So alive and colorful and vibrant....and such wonderful shots of people!

      2007.09.03 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Cabecilha

      this is a true celebration of summer, fairs, entertaiment, vacations, but above all... OF PEOPLE! :)

      2007.09.03 Edited Reply Cancel