A picture of amusement park rides, their lights obscured and blurred by a long exposure

Sean Fitzgerald is always up for a thrill ride. “I used to go to Six Flags a lot when I was younger,” the Dallas-based photographer says. “While the rides and coasters have changed, the sounds and smells and buzz in the air are all the same. It makes me feel like a kid again.” While photographing roller coasters at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington for “Upside-Down Smile” (Page 21), Fitzgerald turned his camera to the sky to capture two adjacent rides: The Riddler Revenge, a pendulum that swings riders 147 feet high at up to 70 mph; and the Texas SkyScreamer, which twirls riders in a circle nearly 400 feet in the air. “I love the motion and energy,” he says. “That was really the feeling I wanted to show.”

From the April 2022 issue
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