Rainbow the clown, Butlins, 2011
Rainbow the clown, Butlins, 2011
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Rainbow the clown, Butlins, 2011

Martin Godwin

£50.00
Gordon Sharpe, AKA Rainbow the Clown, applies his makeup at the Clowns International convention at Butlins, Bognor Regis, in March 2011. For photographer Martin Godwin, it was a fascinating glimpse into the lives of these people, who “live slightly on the fringes”. Some clowns, he says, are simply children’s entertainers. “But this man was more of a lonely Buster Keaton figure – he was rather quiet. I like his dyed hair, and slightly punky, alternative look. I think he’d forgotten I was there. I love his curled toes, as it shows how hard he’s concentrating.” There was a wonderful quote in the Guardian article that accompanied his photographs, says Godwin. Clowns “are introverts who want to be extroverts”. This man, a slightly stooped, rather sad figure, seems to embody that idea.
Words: Hannah Booth

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