21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Lights! Cameras! Shadows!

At the circus, the eyes of the audience are trained on the performers. The higher the performers ascend, the smaller they appear to be. In this shot, I decided to focus on the performers’ shadows instead of on the performers themselves. The shadows are dominant, and they ensure that the tight rope walkers loom larger than life.

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Date Taken: 11.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: New York City, New York, United States of America
Copyright: © Lee Medows