A circus has a transient appeal; this being when the nature of a construction continues to stay the same but changed by its surrounding. What the project Uncle Sam’s does is to embrace the subjects and British locations that the travelling circus finds itself. Uncle Sam’s American Circus, from which the title comes, is a source of curiosity to the observer, especially with the obvious association with America and its culture.
The opportunity to take photographs and access a circus over three seasons continues to produce behind the scenes documentation of the show. With the common national personification and metaphor of Uncle Sam as an American symbol, the circus includes specific American influence. Moreover, Uncle Sam’s develops the notion of a mixed identity of cultures, places and abilities. Taken using KODAK film stock the work documents jugglers, contortionists, clowns and the uniqueness of the seven Kenyan acrobats and South American stunt team. All work created for the project is undertaken with the notion of the transience of space and the relationship to the entertainments of the British public.