When I was seven years old, a nice lady named Roxie and her daughters would pick me up and take me to church. Roxie was a teacher, but on weekends she was hired to perform at birthday parties as a clown. Sometimes, she’d come pick me up and let me try on her big red nose or come to church events and make balloon animals. Roxie the Clown made me and lots of kids happy with her humor and fun show. Clowns were innocent, fun and not at all scary.
Then Stephen King came along and single-handedly ruined it for all clowns with his 1986 novel and subsequent movie, It. In ‘It,’ Pennywise the evil clown who terrorized people was the basis of nightmares. Actually, clowns have always had a sinister side to them dating back to ancient times with the jesters and fools, so if you’re scared of clowns or find them creepy, you are not alone.
Italian portrait photographer Eolo Perfido’s series, Clownville, is one that will give you the heebie jeebies. Inspired by silent film stars of old, Perfido’s images of clowns shows the sinister side of these performers. The fine art images, which are as striking as they are terrifying, enhances the dark, macabre reputation of clowns.
Each carefully crafted scene was created after Perfido did extensive research on clowns and recruited friends and family to dress up as a clown character. Shot at home or in a studio, with the help of a talented makeup artist, each model took on their role and unleashed their inner monsters for the camera.
Perfido is a Leica Street Photography master and has been published in various publications such as the New York Times, Communication Arts, Computer Ars, L’espresso, Russian Vogue, GQ, and Vision. Perfido has won numerous awards for his photography. Clownville, one of his most successful series, was recently on exhibition in a solo show at Galleria Janet Coast of Recife in Brazil during the International Circus Festival. You can see more of Eolo Perfido’s street photography here and more in the Clownville series on his website.
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