“Poignant Portraits of Retired Polish Clowns”

I had to steal that title from the source. Isn’t it the greatest title you’ve heard in a good long while? These photos are part of Rafal Milach’s Disappearing Circus (a very evocative title as well).


The stark contrast of circus adornment and mundane surroundings jars the viewer just a little, as does seeing clowns devoid of smiles. These photos conjure a realization of ephermerality; a strange sense of unease, while also managing to be quite beautiful and touching.



There is a mini bio if you click on “info” under the pictures in the online portfolio.

Rafal Milach


2 Responses to ““Poignant Portraits of Retired Polish Clowns””

  1. Say that title ten times (in your head Dana, no pain for you).
    I’m not a big fan of clowns per say, albeit aside from my childhood discrepancies, this is endearing and heartfelt. I think that’s what your striving for, because you think and see with your heart first, targeting the raw matter of the subject, however brutal. Which for clowns is something that is really a splendid occupation we really shouldn’t lose. These are people we’re talking about, not “IT”, and the initial reason for a clown was to provoke joy and laughter out of insane, goofy silliness in a temperamental and insufferable world; especially borne for kids and exceedingly so for a child in a bygone era when life was blunt with cruelty and despair and spared little compassion for their fragile innocent souls, and suddenly a clown was “there” to erase worry for a glimpse of their reality.
    I believe we are losing humanity of the past with the evolution of the future, and it’s people like us, stalwart purveyors that refuse to forget what makes life worth living. Figuratively, our lot will be the seeds of regrowth when the flowers have forsaken the tree.

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