Statement Of Intent
These images - part of an ongoing project - were taken as I journeyed with a small travelling circus.
They were shot during breaks in-between performances; in the changing and warm-up area behind the Circus Ring, the space immediately outside the Big Top and in the caravans laagered alongside. Caravans are symbolic of the impermanence of circus life. But grouped in this way they also came to represent the strength of the circus 'family' whose bonds extend far beyond kith and kin.
It was in these locations that the artistes would rehearse, relax, and snatch a few moments with their children. I tried to impart visual meaning to these brief moments, alongside the pre-performance tension and post-performance fatigue, which accompanied every show. Combined, these elements bring into stark relief, the story of Circus; a story of constant movement, hard work, ever-present danger, bound together by 'family' and belonging.