When PT Barnum gathered the physically deformed and often mentally challenged into the first of his ?freak shows? to perform as an adjunct to his Circus, he began a tradition that lives on in the traveling carnivals of today.
The ?Carnies? that operate the rides and ?side shows?, that are often features of major sporting and musical events, dwell in the fringes between day and night. They have never seemed to have escaped the ?freak show? epithet. The very existence of such a lifestyle in the 21st century seems anachronistic yet the traveling carnival still survives and the disembodied presence of the ?carnie? continues to intrigue and mystify those of us who come to stare at the passing parade.
Photo Documentary / Photo Journal Story by award winning Australian photojournalist, Lisa Hogben (Hits: 61904)
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