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My local town centre is probably not the best place to try light painting....everytime I try, I get people stopping me and asking what the hell I am doing. For the record, I am not a ghosthunter / ghostbuster / performing sea lion / circus clown / acrobat (!) / mime artiste (delete as appropriate)

 

Straight out of camera stuff with a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens and an LED LENSER P7QC for the stars

Father: Why do birds fly South for the Winter?

Son: Because its easier than walking.

 

Son: How do you know carrots are good for your eyes?

Father: Because you never see rabbits wearing glasses.

 

Christmas crackered:

How does Good King Wenceslas like his pizzas?

One that's deep pan, crisp and even!

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Helen Keller (1880-1968)

 

This digital montage is from my Circus series. The circus characters have been created with dolly pegs and photographed, and then manipulated in photoshop using other photographed elements and some effects created directly using photoshop.

 

A clown floats up into the air attached to a heart shaped balloon.

October 25, 2005 - Along Route 5 in Southern Oregon. Within six hours of our departure from the Bay Area, heading north, HEA and Low Rent witnessed a deer being hit by a car ahead of our vehicle. Instead of passing by with indifference, they stopped and hauled the body of a dead deer into the short bus to accompany Low Rent the Clown, HEA the Lobster Girl, Samantha the Flautist and Moonshine Jugsician, Shiri the Swamp Sibling, Dylan McPuke, Mike the Fiddler, Lunga the Wonder Dog, Samantha's two little girls (Kira and Song), and myself. The intention was to not waste a perfectly good venesin dinner or pelt. Within five minutes we were in the parking lot of a Walmart, where on the sidelines the deer was bled and gutted so it wouldn't rot and stink up the bus.

 

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Reno, Nevada

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I don't know why the city had to put up a street signal and obstruct the full view of this wonderful clown sign. There were no good ways to take a picture of it without getting the darn thing in the shot...

 

See it large here

  

Circus characters silohetted against the sunset sky.

 

This digital montage is from my Circus series. The circus characters have been created with dolly pegs and photographed, and then manipulated in photoshop using other photographed elements and some effects created directly using photoshop.

Circus performers join together for a photograph.

 

This digital montage is from my Circus series. The circus characters have been created with dolly pegs and photographed, and then manipulated in photoshop using other photographed elements and some effects created directly using photoshop.

Dream your dream. Follow your heart. Imagine. Listen to the wind. Drink sunsets. Be free. Let the wonder never cease. Believe. Wish on EVERY star. Create adventure. Be Kind.

 

This digital montage is from my Circus series. The circus characters have been created with dolly pegs and photographed, and then manipulated in photoshop using other photographed elements and some effects created directly using photoshop.

Circus performers return to stage for an encore.

 

This digital montage is from my Circus series. The circus characters have been created with dolly pegs and photographed, and then manipulated in photoshop using other photographed elements and some effects created directly using photoshop.

Lulu dreams of a life under the Big Top....

Old School Cut & Paste (Scissors & Glue) collage created for the weekly themed blog The Kollage Kit.

 

www.kollagekit.blogspot.com

 

This week's theme: The Circus!

 

Antique found cabinet card photograph of a couple from Elkhart, Indiana. Woman in the fab polka dot shift is from a circa 1960s interior design magazine advertisement. She was juxtaposed on top of a black background with the same circles of color as her dress. I always knew she'd come in handy one day!

September 17, 2002 - The Black Rock Desert, NV. Over the many days following Burning Man's eight day event, the Department of Public Works (DPW), a community of volunteers and modestly paid hardcore's best, is tasked with uncovering and picking up anything that is left behind in order to return the desert to an approximation of its earlier state. Meshyia, one of my neighbors in New Orleans, found this remnant of a candy necklace during the post-Burning Man Zombie Walk... probably the jewelry of a candy raver.

A circus performer female dance balances on the end of a spotted elephants trunk. They are performing under the spotlight on the circus stage with an audience looking on.

 

This digital montage is from my Circus series. The circus characters have been created with dolly pegs and photographed, and then manipulated in photoshop using other photographed elements and some effects created directly using photoshop.

From the book "Les Jeux du Cirque et la Vie Foraine" by Hugues Le Roux. Paris: E. Plon, Nourrit (1889). This book features over a hundred hand-colored illustrations by Jules Garnier of circus performers and their acts, along with a brief history of the circus beginning with P.T. Barnum.

There are some major advantages to living in a small town. One is that every event that happens is quite exciting to us here. Circus Chimera, a small traveling circus, just came and went and Carmen and I had the opportunity to meet and interview several of the circus performers.

 

We arrived early in the afternoon and began asking if we could speak with "the clown". We were directed to a small "fifth wheel" trailer with a protective-looking Husky dog tied outside. We were greeted by an attractive French-speaking woman, Berengere, whose husband is the circus clown. I explained that I would love the opportunity to photograph her husband applying his clown make-up and that I wanted to write a feature article for the local paper. Berengere told us that a newspaper article would be quite helpful because she and her husband, Genia (from Russia), could use the article to substantiate their work status when renewing their visas. So luckily, we needed one another, and we were invited in.

 

There's so much more to this story, but I will divide it up over the next several photos. Here, Genia Naidenkine, "the Donald Trump of the Dump" is applying his make-up, a process which is an art unto itself, and took approximately 20 minutes.

 

In this trailer setting the afternoon sunlight illuminated the drawn cotton curtain and gave a warm glow to Genia at the kitchen table as his face became his canvas...

“Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.” David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973)

 

This digital montage is from my Circus series. The circus characters have been created with dolly pegs and photographed, and then manipulated in photoshop using other photographed elements and some effects created directly using photoshop.

photo of a poster @ the circus museum. Sarasota, Florida

October 29, 2005 - In front of the Spokane hotel. Of the many squats, buses, anarchist households, and highway overpasses we sleeped under, these were our most comfortable lodgings.

Dreamscape with three clowns lost in a harlequin field with a cloudy blue sky in the background. This piece was an experiment that I have kept working on. I have changed the background a number of times, and I'm still not 100% sure on this composition.

Spanish lady dances. Interesting creating movement in the background to create the illusion that a dolly peg characters is dancing!

This shot -- of one of my all-time favorite signs, was shot and processed with my iPhone 4.

 

It was originally shot with the Hipstamatic app, using the John S lens and Kodot XGrizzled film, then run through Infinicam for the b/w and framing, and then through Pic Grunger for the vintage look.

 

5600 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood CA.

If you love something, set it free....

 

This digital montage is from my Circus series. The circus characters have been created with dolly pegs and photographed, and then manipulated in photoshop using other photographed elements and some effects created directly using photoshop.

Trapeze artist prepares to climb the ladder....

Send in the clowns. Oh wait... Flickr already did.

 

Lego 8683 Minifigures Series 1

Tribal Hunter

Cowboy

Forestman

Ninja

Zombie

Caveman

Robot

Spaceman

Cheerleader

Super Wrestler

Deep Sea Diver

Skater

Nurse

Magician

Circus Clown

Demolition Man

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