To further resolve my idea, I've continued to experiment with another concept piece.
Initial block in composition
Added details and adjustments
I wasn't quite liking the central object, so tried some more tweaks and refinements in general.
Redone the central object, with adjustments in composition
Refinements + details, lighting
With a seemingly normal carnival scene, several aspects were intended to offset the scene; being devoid of life, looming ferris wheel, dark space of an uninviting tent, a mirror distorting its surroundings and colourful lights against the dark oppressive night. Although despite my efforts, I don't think the piece is quite where I want it to be as it stands. The framing and composition is a little static, where there is a lack of a definitive objects to offset the typical carnival scene. The lighting of the many coloured bulbs may give the impression of being too friendly and less that of abandonment. Although I still think it is possible to avoid this if presented in the right way, perhaps a different time of day of dawn or sunset could also be an opportunity to lend a more abandoned feel to the carnival where no lights would be on.
From this, I think another piece with a more dramatic contrast of light and dark, a better dynamic shot with a more selective range of information, would help solve some of my concerns raised with this piece. Any thoughts or feedback is most appreciated.