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White Clown by Cyril-Helnwein White Clown by Cyril-Helnwein
This may upset some people... and please let me say first that the baby (my daughter) was not crying - it was literally a 2 second photo shoot (he held her, she yelled that she didn't want to be held by a clown, the shot was taken, mommy took her). No tears, everything back to normal after 2 seconds. Also, the lipstick mark is from mommy, not from the clown as the photo may suggest.

A little story behind this photo: when I was a little boy, my pops and I lived with Circus Roncalli for a few months. Roncalli is one of the most famous old-fashioned circuses in the world and travels most of Europe; back in the old days when I was there they had lions, tigers, bears, all sorts of acrobats, clowns, etc. (now the exotic animals don't travel with the circus anymore as far as I know). The circus director is a long-time school friend of my dad's. Anyway, I got to see every show 2 or 3 times a day whilst we lived there for a few months and knew the routines and gags inside out after a while. The head-clown, a "white clown" [link] , had this gag where he'd ask the audience something possibly leading up to a funny joke. And I ruined it for him once by yelling out the punchline before he could. In response, he reached over the ring balustrade, grabbed me by the ear, pulled me out into the main arena and hence forth out the big curtained entrance. I was quite impressed to say the least.

To this day, the director of the circus still starts in cold sweats when he hears my name. One day the lion trainer brought me into the director's wagon, pulling his hair out in despair, asking my dad to stop me from trying to pet the lions through the cage bars, one skinny arm at a time.
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DarkerThanTheShadows Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, if I was that baby, I'd be really REALLY unhappy too. *hatesclowns* ._.
KingdomButterfly Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
I've always had a fear of clowns... but this dude is pretty cute. :D Love how the face paint accentuates his jawline!
Poobert Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
You've got a lot of great photos. This one, especially invokes some sort of emotion (fear) that I think is universal.
And hilarious.
great work!
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much... glad you enjoyed it!
onlyasweetheart Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
Oh yes, I have to agree with a lot of the comments on this pictire, all of the emotion in the babys face and lack there of on the clowns, is amazingly captured.
I acually love how everything fell ino place with the lipstick smear and it looking like it was from the clown.
Good job.
DeepDarkCreations Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Completely agree with this comment!!
It is a very very beautiful piece
Noodleberrypie311 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
TOTALLY agree with her!:heart:
Cyril-Helnwein Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Professional Photographer
kalliope94041 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
Your photo has been featured here: [link]
Revelio Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2007  Professional Photographer
Roncalli... that's impressive. I saw them (at least) twice when I was very little, somehow the memory's always stayed with me as something very special :)

I love this, especially the makeup. And you have an adorable daughter, though perhaps it'll turn out she's scared of clowns later on? :lol:
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