Circus Work Captured In A Photo Series Spanning 50 Years
Ever wondered how circus work actually looks like behind the curtains and all that flash used just for show? If you didn’t, photographer Peter Lavery sure did and he managed to create a documentary photo series spanning over 50 years.
Peter Lavery picked up photography at Leeds Art College, followed by the Royal College of Art in London, and then life took a surprising twist. He decided to go and travel with the circus and capture circus work in its entire might and beauty.
Peter Lavery decided to document circus workers after a troupe came to Wakefield, his hometown, in 1968. 50 years later, Peter kept photographing the life and heartbeats of circus workers.
“I was immediately struck by the disparity between the outward exoticism, the finery, the sequined costumes, the plumes, the elaborate display and backstage ordinariness,” says the photographer.
“At once I was enthralled by the sounds and the smell, but I had no idea the subject would capture and hold my imagination for the best part of five decades,” he added.
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