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Circus, Kiev, Ukraine, 2009

A colorful quilted poster featuring a happy clown is mounted on the permanent home of the Kiev Circus. Dozens of Kievites walked past this poster while I was framing this shot, and none of them seemed as happy, particularly this person, whose blurred form suggests resignation and disinterest. In juxtaposing a symbol of the human value of happiness with a person who seems anything but happy, I am able to create an incongruous image.

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Phil Douglis25-Nov-2009 23:22
You so often manage to find a little detail in a picture that greatly enhances the meaning of the image. I spent a long time and many frames on my quest to juxtapose a downcast Kievite with this happy clown, and finally found her slogging through my frame and with burst shooting, caught her in the right spot with the right attitude. I never looked at her nose, but you did and you tell us that it matches the clown's nose, color for color. And so it does. It makes a perfect counterpoint. Thanks for seeing it, Tim.
Tim May25-Nov-2009 23:06
I like the matching noses.
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