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Amy Toensing

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In most cases these accounts are edited versions of a spoken interview. They have not been researched and may differ from the printed article.

Photographs by Amy Toensing


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The Jersey Shore

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Amy Toensing

Best Worst Quirkiest
    I had a great time going on the roller coasters and other fast rides on the Wildwood boardwalk, but my favorite was the bungee swing. I got on top of a tall tower, strapped into a harness, and then dropped some 100 feet (30 meters). I swung down right over the beach. It was amazing. This was my first time bungee swinging, and I felt like I was flying.

    I worked on this assignment last summer, which was supposedly one of the rainiest and overcast seasons on record, and that made it difficult to give my images a summer beach feel. Also the number of visitors was down.
    I also had more equipment trouble than usual. I've worked in wet environments and on boats in my home state of Maine, but I have never had so much gear
ruined by water accidents. Between the rain and the ocean climate, I had three
cameras and two flashes break down.

    I photographed a sideshow performer named Enigma at Seaside Heights, who was tattooed with blue jigsaw-puzzle pieces from head to toe and had horns implanted in the top of his head. Aside from swallowing swords and blowing fire, his talents also included putting a condom in his mouth, sucking it up into his nose, and then inflating it like a balloon. 


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