In 2010 I had a concept in my head one day that I should photograph my favorite subjects (Clowns) without their performance costume and makeup and match it with a performance shot. The ‘Unmask’ shot would be black and white and the performance shot in color. I decided to call it The Clown UnMask. I began shooting in Feb. 2010 with one of the funniest clowns I know and admire. Glen Heroy.
I followed up with many more (almost 50) until I stopped shooting the series in 2016. Here is a comprehensive list of the performers (with links to the original posts) I documented in my ‘hallway’ studio. In the order in which I photographed them. Full post are reached by using the links. Some portrait are provided for visual excitement!
(The wall came down in 2016 so the series was discontinued)
Follow the Magical Mysterious Man in Plaid down the rabbit hole as he ponders the benefits of a low cholesterol diet. Then thank your little lucky stars he only uses his powers for good!
Finding a banana in his shoe was just the beginning of a great evening of surprises.
Tanya Solomon accompanies Dante with the accordion
Dante blows out the cigarette in his left hand and the match in his right hand goes out.
Dante dons a clown nose to entertain the audience volunteer Becca.
Dante performing with a magical scarf.
Dante and Tanya take a well deserved curtain call.
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Members of Our Limbs
The traditional and contemporary Frankenstein clown, Members of Our Limbs is a frenzy of absurd and eccentric clowning. It follows the antics of three sporadically violent and markedly edgy characters as they are dragged unwittingly through their own show. The patterns of the ordinary world mixed with principles and influences of clowning are put on an operating table and dissected. A suitable set of body parts are selected and a Frankenstein clown is produced like you’ve never seen before. It’s frantic, it’s visual, it’s skillful, and above all: It’s funny.
This is the premiere production from Kallo Collective and has received noteworthy reviews as well as invitations from programmers from around the world.
The Kallo Collective performing “Members of Our Limbs”.
Non stop hilarity from this zany show.
Thom Monckton displays amazing physical skills in comedy timing.
The Kallo Collective was working with great interplay and timing.