Brad Armstong's Phoenix Carnival

Brad Armstrong
Artist: Brad Armstrong 
Medium35mm film

I was driving Westbound on I-17 between 24st and 7th street when looked to the north. I saw a early morning Monsoon dust strom blowing across a dirt field. I didn't think much of it until I saw what appeared to be an abandoned carnival. It was such a surrel site I immediately exited the freeway and drove to the site to get a better look. 
I had a 35mm film camera with me at the time so I quickly got out of the car and shoot about five or six frames. In the matter of a short minute the dust storm suddenly passed by. I have always considered this image to be a one in a lifetime image. The blowing dirt gives the image a painterly effect that I love. You can see downtown Phoenix in the background on the left side of frame.

The countdown to Best of Phoenix continues! Last year, we profiled 100 Creatives who made a mark on the local arts scene. This year, we'll have 100 creative representations of Phoenix.  No scope or requirement on medium or size -- we'll include photography, painting, sculpture, video, installation, literary, and more. What do you see when you Imagine PHX?

Imagine PHX, so far: 
100: Steven Revering's Westward Ho
99: Jon Ashcroft's Suspended in Geography 

98: William LeGoullon's Table
97. Jason Hill's Phoenix Financial Center89. Arnold Guerrero's Camelback Mountain
88. Sean Deckert's Ginae vs. the 12th Street Gang
87. Pete Petrisko's Admiral of Phoenix
86. Quincy Ross' Lone Skyscraper
85. Andrew Armstrong's Illustrated Cityscape
84. Thomas Schultz's Phoenix Artifact
83. Adrian Lesoing's N. Evergreen
82. Suzanne Falk's Kon Tiki Hotel
81. Lindz Lew's Bon Voyeur
80. Kevin Patterson's Phoenix Swamp Beast
79. Ramy Sidarous' Three Windows
78. Will Mejia's Orpheum Theatre
77. Steve Weiss' Portrait of Louis Lee
76. Larry Willis' Apparition on East McDowell
75. Claire Warden's Untitled No. 3
74. Randy Zucker's Dancing Saguaro
73. Robert Brandan Martinez's Medical Cannabis Tax Stamp
72. Edward Jensen's Phoenix Financial Center70. Mark Dudlik's Phoenix Rebound66. Eric Iwersen's The Saguaros Have Been Here the Longest

59. Lisa Marie Sipe's Sweeping Succulent
And, hey! It's lunch time. Check out Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes for some foodie inspiration. 

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Tony Felice
Tony Felice

This is one of the most striking photos I have ever seen of phoenix. 

East Valley Tribune
East Valley Tribune

Brad is an enormous talent who deserves this recognition and much more!

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