Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to work with several circus companies and organisations. These photographic accompaniments – somewhere in between commissions and personal projects – range from documentary photography to staged photography. That summer, I wanted to mix up genres and combine staged with documentary photography. I got in touch with a dozen circuses and street theatre companies, and set off to meet them during festivals, to take portraits in the privacy of their caravans, hotels, rental properties, tents – all the places that artists settle in temporarily, and where they can have some alone time. As a reminder to the artistic world, I had them pose in costume, with the attitude of the characters they portray, thus revealing the fragile nature of their jobs and situations.
During these tough times, it seemed relevant to me to show what happens behind the scenes.