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Circus: Before the Show

Before the Show 1


Before the Show 2


7 responses

  1. I like your title

    July 13, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    • elmediat

      I found the situation a bit surreal. Since it was set up in the local arena, there was no outdoor concession stands or midway. Instead of the traditional display to get more money and charge up the audience, they set everything around the three rings before the show. At intermission, they once again put up stands, used one ring for pony rides and used another area for face painting. Children got in for free, adults and teens paid for tickets.

      The real money came from the sale of the extras, everything was 5 dollars. Whenever a child’s big balloon popped, five bucks turned into air.

      July 14, 2016 at 10:48 am

      • $5 balloons. Pop!

        July 14, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      • elmediat

        So was the popcorn and the drinks & any other souvenirs. Empty wallets were big souvenirs, along with kids high on sugar. 😀

        July 14, 2016 at 8:38 pm

  2. Have really been enjoying your circus series in the last several posts. These two are especially fascinating. Very eerie, strangely alluring. There is a bizarre sort of wonder that seems to be much more potent in the photos of the items of a circus at rest, before all the excitement and the chaos. Excellent shots. All the best,

    smiling toad

    July 18, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    • elmediat

      Many thanks. Yes being able to step down amongst the rings was a very unusual experience, both before the show began and then again during half time. The shots during the performance were tricky because of lighting and the venue. A hockey arena has protective glass and mesh to stop hockey pucks and players from smashing into the crowds. 😀 The cross-hatch patterns in some of the shots are a consequence, and I had to work with them in the creation of the compositions.

      July 18, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      • I imagine it felt very strange, and thrilling, indeed. Sometimes the consequences become interesting enhancements in a photograph. Anyway, I quite enjoyed the whole series. In a hockey arena, wild! I used to play indoor soccer with high walls and panels for protecting the crowds. I got confused, thought I was playing hockey, and used the walls for slamming players. 😉

        July 19, 2016 at 7:22 pm

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