the end of summer

by Julia Gotz September. 02, 2007 10124 views

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 10 years, 1 month ago

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

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Jendayee 10 years, 1 month ago

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 !

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Peggym 10 years, 1 month ago

What a fun and beautiful set <><

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Rebecca Cipolla 10 years, 1 month ago

So fun. It reminds me of some unspecific happy time in my own life. I especially love 10.

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Nasser Golahmar 10 years, 1 month ago

really beautiful set

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Reeta_Beeta 10 years, 1 month ago

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!

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Lynda 10 years, 1 month ago

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.

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Shawn Seah 10 years, 1 month ago

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

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Mikkal Noptek 10 years, 1 month ago

Great set. Beautiful portraits

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Emme Tan 10 years, 1 month ago

i really like no 10 and 16. 10 is my fav!

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Eddied125 10 years, 1 month ago

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.

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Gary 10 years, 1 month ago

bellissime! What a woonderful serie.

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Makai Dunne 10 years, 1 month ago

You truly captured the happiness in all of their faces. Great portraits.

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Abbeyh13 10 years, 1 month ago

gosh!! I look forward to your posts daily!!
you never let me down!!

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G 10 years, 1 month ago

spectacular series

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Carley 10 years, 1 month ago

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!

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Cabecilha 10 years, 1 month ago

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

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