“Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Clown” by Steven Borack

I was on assignment for a local newspaper, doing a picture story on the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus at the famous Boston Garden.

When I arrived and met with my contact person, I was told that a guest clown was visiting our location and pictures were needed of him.

Shoot whatever works I was told.

We then met and proceeded to multiple locations to make various images. I photographed the clown interacting with another clown. And then the clown holding one of his sneakers above his head.

After being out in front of the crowds we decided to go back to the guest waiting room for our contact. While we were waiting I noticed a TV and a couple of covered seats. I told our guest to interact while I shot. This is were the magic happened.

It was so much fun working with a professional in the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus. I will never forget this experience. This is what being a photographer is all about. I always wanted to work up close with the circus and make personable photographs. This was a once in a lifetime experience conducted over a period about four years.

What do you think are the TWO most impactful features that make your image a good photograph? Don’t be shy!

I would say the expression and balance of the composition.

If you would be able to make this photo once again, what would be the ONE thing you would like to do better or different?

I wouldn’t change a thing.

Steven Borack shared this photograph in the FRAMES Facebook Group.


Steven Borack, Abington,MA, USA


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Comments (2):

  1. Cynthia Gladis

    December 2, 2020 at 22:18

    I love this series, Steven, and very much enjoyed the back story on this magical photo, which is now my favorite!

  2. Nigel Walker

    December 6, 2020 at 15:56

    I really enjoyed this series. It was great photography but with a sense of documentary purpose and fun to it. You look as though you had a great time 🙂


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