Friends and strangers, I thank you so much for coming to visit this new corner of the internet.
Golden Circus Days sprung from a desire to take formal portraits of my husband’s colleagues and co-workers on Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s smallest circus, the Gold Unit. I envisioned some really great black and white portraits and a couple words about the person, probably just shared on Facebook or something. But the more I thought about it, the more involved I wanted to get — so many people had incredible stories. Some of them had circus-performing family members going back multiple generations. Many of them came to the United States from elsewhere around the world to perform, and some of them stayed on as crew after their performing contracts ended. All of them had hilarious/unbelievable/terrifying/interesting tales from living on the road, whether train or motorhome or bus.
Too many good stories to not share, and I especially wanted to focus on the crew. I’m known for posting many (many) pictures of performers on social media, and I wanted to show the invisible cogs in the wheel some love.
The two recent bombshells dropped by Feld Entertainment (no more elephants by 2018 and the closing of the Gold Unit in October 2015) should have doused this project with a bucket of icy-cold water. But it hasn’t. It’s only lit the proverbial fire under my ass. There’s still time to share the stories of the Gold Unit before it closes, and I am hopeful that I’ll find a way to visit other circuses after October and share even more stories and pictures there, too.
Please bookmark, or like and subscribe to my Facebook page, or follow my Instagram — whatever’s easiest for you, and come along as I share the faces and stories of the people and animals of the Gold Unit.