Carnival of the Bizarre

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “Illuminati” – Apps used: vintage cam, camera+, perfectlyclr, juxtaposer, pixlromatic, scratchcam


Since beginning my journey in iPhoneography my work has taken a number of iterations. But no matter how far I stray, I always find myself gravitating back to the bizarre, the whimsical, the slightly humorous oddities that make you pause and go “Hmmmmmmmm…”

I have always been intrigued with anything that exists outside the box of “normal.” Not much of a surprise since my childhood was anything close to normal; but I think my inherent sense of curiosity is what drives my attraction towards things of the bizarre nature.

Life would seem oh so boring if everything were white-bread perfect, dressed in a pinafore and a pair of Mary Jane’s.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “Asphyxia” – Apps used: vintage cam, camera+, perfeclyclr, juxtaposer, pixlromatic, scratchcam

When I was a kid, my imagination ran wild and I was constantly drawing up plans and building strange contraptions out of scraps of wood, springs, tin cans, rubber bands and basically any spare part I could get my hands on.

I was certain I could build a rubber band powered space machine that would launch me to the moon and even devised a plan to build an amusement park in my backyard out of cardboard and lumber. Most likely influenced by my affinity with Jules Verne, there was rarely a day when I wasn’t dreaming about my next gadget.

©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved. “Tin Can Rabbit” – Apps used: vintage cam, perfectlyclr, camera+, juxtaposer, pixlromatic, scratchcam

Through some subconscious connection to my young, creative mind, the last few weeks have moved me towards a more Steampunk oriented phase of my whimsical photography. I am suddenly envisioning strange breathing apparatus, windup rabbits, mechanical x-ray eyewear and parasols that illuminate one’s path.

In ways I feel like I am creating my own Carnival of the Bizarre. Soon you might just find me standing on a street corner balancing a top hat and barking out an invitation for you to take a peek through the curtains at all the oddities I have created.

You can leave a penny in the tin cup…

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About tracyth76

I am a professional photographer, obsessed iPhoneographer, freelance writer and website designer located in Northern, California. View all posts by tracyth76

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