Last month one of me and my kid’s many bike adventures landed me in a little park in the neighborhood. The park’s location is quite unique, at least it is for me, and I thought it’s the perfect little park, something out of Pleasantville or something. This little park is located in the middle of a U-shaped road, where you see houses on each side back to back, but all of a sudden there’s a narrow, empty lot and that’s where the park is at, connecting both side of the ‘U”. The park has been there for a while I can tell, but it’s kept up nicely. There were metal slides, swing sets with rigid seats, a merry-go-round, benches, and some “spring rides”. Quite frankly, when I got to the park, I thought I was a kid again. Those were the familiar sights I remember from when I was a kid. Besides the slide, the things that caught my eye the most were the spring rides, especially the “Chicken” or someone else had to argue with me and say its a Toucan, or someone else had to chime in and say its a pelican. Anyways, The “CHICKEN” was the one thing I remember riding when I was a kid, and far as I can remember, or imagine quite vividly, it’s the exact same kind. Well I’ve been talking about it for about a month that I need to go photograph the “CHICKEN” with a 4×5 camera. Well, I finally got around to it today, rode my bike over with a speed graphic and a Schneider 150mm f5.6 with Tri X Pan 320, developed with Rodinal 1+50 Rotary. I hope these photographs will make you feel the same as I do.
I vaguely remember asking my dad what I am riding when I was a kid. And I remember the answer “a chicken”.
So, I am going to continue to call it a Chicken.
If my kid ask me what this is, my reply would be “Rabbitfoxbambi”. I am prepared, except he might be a lil’ old for that question.
I’ve never seen that one, or did I..
Behind the Scenes.
Think I gotta buy one of those and put it in my backyard. Or, big prints of these side by side somewhere in my house.