Rainbow the clown, Butlins, Bognor Regis, 2011
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Rainbow the clown, Butlins, Bognor Regis, 2011

Martin Godwin


Gordon Sharpe, AKA Rainbow the Clown, applies his makeup at the Clowns International convention at Butlins, Bognor Regis, in March 2011. For photographer Martin Godwin, it was a fascinating glimpse into the lives of these people, who “live slightly on the fringes”. Some clowns, he says, are simply children’s entertainers. “But this man was more of a lonely Buster Keaton figure – he was rather quiet. I like his dyed hair, and slightly punky, alternative look. I think he’d forgotten I was there. I love his curled toes, as it shows how hard he’s concentrating.” There was a wonderful quote in the Guardian article that accompanied his photographs, says Godwin. Clowns “are introverts who want to be extroverts”. This man, a slightly stooped, rather sad figure, seems to embody that idea. Hannah Booth


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