Sunday, September 23, 2007

Web Sight

Spider-Man Plays A Leading Role At The Show

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON

We've just come back from the Royal Melbourne Show, which is the biggest fair of the year and runs for ten days. It was originally a yearly display for the Royal Agricultural Society and still retains its original flavour, but the fairground is now the big attraction for the younger patrons. As you can see, lifesize Spider-Man figures were the hot prizes this year. This shot (above) was taken in a split-second, as the guy walked past.

And I couldn't resist this shot (above) of a woman carrying Spider-Man in rather ignominious fashion, as if he were an oversized Gucci bag. I had to run for this shot, and it was taken using my 125mm lens through a crowd. It took me about three attempts, because with thousands of people at the show, someone always seemed to be walking into the frame.

When I lined up this photograph (above) I was actually concentrating on the upside-down Spider-Man figures. I shot one frame, with total tunnel vision. Then I saw something move behind the figures. And with a laugh I realised that there were "real live" people behind the Spider-Man figures. Look carefully and you'll see two stall attendants (one in a clearly visible "Crew" jumper and her blonde companion in a white jumper) obviously having a well-deserved rest.


Ak-Man said...

Please tell me that you have one of these and you'll be offering it as a prize in some sort of blogging competion!!!!

We get crusty toys over here in our fair . . . out-dated or nameless characters.

It's all about the bumper cars, candy floss and toffee apples.

david mcmahon said...

G'day Ak-Man,

Mate, I wish I could say that I brought back a stack of them - but I failed miserably.

The toys here at the Show are pretty awesome and right on the cutting edge.

Last year, `Cars' was big, but yes, there's always the old favourites which never lose their attraction.

Bumper cars - now you're talking!

Keep smiling


Pope Terry said...

eugh that means the bendigo show is coming up... I hate the adverts for it, I will be sticking with my policy of not attending it....

But one of those giant spiderman dollys does interest me.

david mcmahon said...

G'day Your Eminence,

You might as well send out one of the Cardinals and threaten to excommunicate him if he doesn't bring you back a Spider-Man.

Keep smiling


Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Yeah, I'm with the Ak-man on this one - that would be sooo cool, don't you think? And it would brighten up the shed, no end..

david mcmahon said...

Hi Carol (and Ak-Man as well)

Herein lies the problem. If I did persuade one of the winners to hand over a `Spidey' and it did go to the shed, which one of your kids would claim it then?

See, Shrinklets, Uncle Dave NEVER forgets!!

Keep smiling


Nessa said...

Did you try flipping the last photo? I wonder what that would look like.

Neva said...

What a cute photo!!!1

Pijush said...

Hi David,

You had a nice time there :-) . I was off for few days and missed so much fun in your blog.


lime said...

oh that's a funny shot with the workers. the first thign i noticed was the upsidedown spidermen and the rightside up workers. gave me a good giggle.

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Don't be daft - spidey'd be MINE, on loan from time to time perhaps, but a girlie does need to draw the line somewhere, doesn't she? (Wink)

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Is that larst piktcher ov a Butcher's window?