5 Feb 2013

Send in the Clowns




I spent my Sunday in the company of clowns. 



Once a year a host of clowns gather in a church a few minutes from my home for a in memory of Joseph Grimaldi.



I've been meaning to conspire with the clowns on this special occasion but have managed to miss it each year. I am glad that I got to sit in and marvel at their colourful reverence. 



Despite many hours of contemplation, I cannot put my finger on it, I just cannot put into words what it is that fascinates me about clowns. I suppose, if pushed I would reason that my enthralment lies somewhere between the stark white faces, the metamorphosing of character and the unnerving "something" that lingers "somewhere" in their air.

I know that clowns aren't for everyone, but for me, I think they are mesmerising. It must be great fun answering the question; "so what do you do for a living?" by answering, "clowning". 



"I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.
Charlie Chaplin

| See my previous clown posts here

3 comments:

  1. I haven't liked clowns since I watched Stephen King's It movie...it ruined them for me as before I loved them. But, looking at these faces, they give me the same feeling I had as a child, the joy of being silly and painting my face and just being happy :)) I'm happy you got to go and shared this with us too!! It's beautiful!! xx

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  2. These clowns are really other-worldly. Fabulous pictures!

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  3. I've always distrusted clowns. I don't care for slap stick or honking things. I do find them fascinating though to look at. I loved the Pierrot clown as a teenager, wistful and dreamy.

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