Prosper the clown

February 3, 2015 - single portrait

In a tiny circus, we met Prosper the clown.

At the end of his hilarious show, my daughters wanted to thank him and ask for a picture with him. When he saw my old camera, he agreed and asked me to send him the picture afterwards. We talked for a while and he explained me that his wife was at the hospital and he wanted to give her the picture.

When his show ends, Prosper seems to be a sad clown.

Dans un petit cirque, nous avons rencontré le clown Prosper.

A la fin de son numéro hilarant, mes filles ont souhaité le remercier et lui demander une photo. Lorsqu’il a vu mon vieil appareil, il a accepté et m’a demandé si je pouvais lui envoyé la photo ensuite. Nous avons discuté pendant un moment et il m’a expliqué que sa femme était à l’hôpital et qu’il aimerait bien lui donner la photo.

Après son spectacle, Prosper a l’air d’un clown triste.


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  1. IjonTichy IjonTichy says:

    It’s kind of a sad story and a picture that tries to look funny but isn’t … I guess that’s the split face of a clown’s real life. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Lena Konstantinova says:

    I love the picture of the clown with the a smiling face but somehow sad eyes, and the story that explains the reason..

  3. i think that all clowns are very sad people in their real life… beautiful portrait !

  4. IjonTichy IjonTichy says:

    Lena, Vic, totally agree with you. it’s a complex portrait showing quite a bit of ambivalence.

  5. Ysalis says:

    Thank you all for your comments.
    I agree too, Prosper had two faces.

  6. bonnesoeur says:

    quel plaisir de revoir cette photo
    mais c’est moi prosper

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