Taken for a Ride

Taken for a Ride

We’re celebrating 2023 by revisiting some of the year’s most memorable photo essays, each plucked from—and emblematic of—one of the four seasons.

Now, with winter and spring complete, it’s time for the flash and heat of summer, courtesy of this June 27 essay.

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A gyral seductress appears every summer in New Haven, then suddenly vanishes a few weeks later.

Good thing the traveling Coleman Brothers Carnival is worth being seduced by. Strategically posed here, in clear view of the highway, the whole affair feels designed to part you from your money. And yet the fun of exploring this surreal transitory world of dazzling lights, fast rides, fried foods, slick games and colorful personalities made me feel like I was getting the better end of the bargain.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. This updated story was originally published on June 27, 2023.

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