The ephemeral and the fun and danger and solitude. These are the aspects of the circus which appeal to me and connect it to real life.
I was not interested in taking reportage photographs of the real circus. My aim was in fact to capture the moment when reality and fantasy come together and human beings metamorphose through photography into something else. When this happened, it was often seemingly by accident, so I could never feel satisfied that the result was entirely my own creation.
Using a process of trial and error, I began to take pictures of my own table-top circus using small model figures and objects which I have collected or made over the years. To create interesting background scenes, I employed some shiny kitchen objects and thus my ‘Kitchen Circus’ series began. I found that I could imbue these small performers with my own feelings and create what was truly my own fantasy world.