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I recently came across some old photos I shot over the last twenty years or so.

Rather than let them sit on a CD for the rest of my life I figured I’d save them to my desktop, dust them off, and share them with you guys one image at a time.

Hope you enjoy them.

"More Miserable Disney Kids"

"More Miserable Disney Kids"

More Miserable Disney Kids

Just like Happy Disney Family, I shot these images of miserable kids in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in May 2001.

As I mentioned in the earlier post, during this trip I purposely sought out children and families who looked like they were having a miserable time in a place that is known for the exact opposite.

Like Happy Disney Family, the top image—of a limp, dead-like child being held in his father’s arms as they wait in line at Space Mountain—was shot  with my Mamiya RB67. The bottom image—of a girl sitting on the ground crying as adults stand around ignoring her—was shot with my Lubitel-2, an old, Russian medium-format camera that shoots square images.

Both images were shot on 120 transparency film and processed in C-41 (negative color film chemistry), which is a process also known as cross processing. This process is what gives the image its high contrast and vibrant colors.

By the end of the trip, I probably had eight to ten quality images similar to the ones above; not necessarily enough for a true series (at least in my opinion). I meant to shoot more images like these the next time I made my way back to Disney World but, to date, I have not.

Disneyland is calling… might have to revisit this idea soon,

-Shady

Seriously.

-Shady

…or the happiest, depending on how you look at it.

Creepy Disney World by Justin Shady

A few years ago, armed with a couple of medium-format film cameras, I went to Disney World and kept an eye out for some of the saddest, strangest and most miserable moments happening in the park. Surprisingly, a lot of oddness goes on within the walls of the Happiest Place on Earth.

From screaming kids to less-than-patient parents, Disney World is a great spot for people watching. Below are just a few photos I took during a visit in 2001. The complete series is around a dozen shots, but I found this handful of images while going through some old work and thought I’d share them with you.

All of these were shot on 120 film and cross-processed; the process adds an even creepier feel to the photos because they create an off-color and high contrast element to the images.

Click on each image to view a larger version. And be sure that you do, otherwise you might miss some of the creepy subtleties going on in the images… like the eyes of the girl eating a popsicle!

Enjoy!

Creepy Disney World by Justin Shady

Creepy Disney World by Justin Shady

Creepy Disney World by Justin Shady

Creepy Disney World by Justin Shady

Creepy Disney World by Justin Shady
It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears,

-Shady

…please, oh please, let James von Brunn live!

Why? Because do you know what they do to 88-year-old white supremacists in prison?

They got a nickname for ’em: Gums.

May you live to be the oldest man alive, James! And may you spend every last second of your small and pitiful life in absolute pain and complete misery.

I deny that you ever existed,

-Shady

Old Poop!