A couple of photographs of mechanical fortune tellers I took. The first one was taken at Tinkertown in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I used photoshop to create an antique look for it. The second photo was taken at Ye Old Curiosity Shop in Seattle, WA. Can you find the hidden goat and skull?
Just off to the side of a windy road up the Sandia mountains is an maze of strange adobe buildings made from mud, bottles and trinkets. It is known as Tinkertown. It is a “museum” unlike any other and is absolutely fascinating. It is the collection and creation of one man who spent his life traveling and collecting the various things that are on display. The items have a great range, but include dolls and wooden carvings of people, often put together into small environments. The strange collection is displayed in various adobe rooms that are loosely connected to one another in a confusing fashion of awkward walkways of wooden planks and adobe. It’s hard to explain, but try and think back to being a kid building small walls out of mud and sticks, imagining the fortress you want to eventually build. Well imagine that a child kept building that fortress their whole life and it got really, really out of hand. That is Tinkertown in a nutshell.
I grew up going there as a child and loved it. I used to beg my parents to take me all the time. Recently, I realized that I had not been since I was pretty little and decided to go again and take some photos. It’s 20 minutes outside of Albuquerque and costs virtually nothing at $3.50. If you live in New Mexico I highly recommend going.
This is an HDR photo I took last month of the arcade I frequent. It’s located on Granville St in Vancouver, BC, Canada. They have pinball, classic arcade games and even 35mm porn film booths. It is very seedy, but it’s close to my apartment and they have Addams Family pinball.