"Dutch funfairs are an established tradition, often run by families who pass on the business from generation to generation. It's a business that can be difficult at times," says Julie Hrudova, of The Dutch Funfair, a series of atmospheric photographs that show the dying culture of candy floss, helter skelters and waltzers.
"The investments are high, customers are picky and some cities don’t want funfairs in their centres any more and move them to peripheries. Still, the funfair owners work very hard and their children often plan to stay in the sector."
Her images may raise a smile, as we remember our own experiences of the classic funfair. The high-pitched screams from nearby rides. The smell of sugar lingering on the breeze. The artificial lights and sounds at every turn. But they also have a slightly melancholy feel – one that hints at the worry of dwindling bums-on-seats. Are people losing love for the funfair? Will they be able to attract new customers and win hearts again? Time can only tell.
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