William Eggleston’s photographs are nostalgic and subtle. They are about the mundane without glorifying it. He calls it “a democratic way of looking around: that nothing was more or less important.” Is this photograph merely a memory of the mundane – of cotton candy and going to county fairs? Since you are on this blog, you are likely to be looking for absences and may notice that one cotton candy is missing. Could it be that this photograph is not really about a row of cotton candy, but about an absence of one? Is it inviting our imagination to come up with a story about why it’s gone? Maybe, there was a kid who was saving up for one and got his treat at last. Or maybe, the business was slow that day and no one was buying them. Or is absence of one cotton candy just as mundane as was its presence?

Cotton Candy

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