I passed Anstey Hall when out biking with a friend last summer. We got curious what it was, but didn’t explore it further than the foyer. Yesterday I was back, and had the strangest déjà vu feeling as I was biking along the road leading up to the big house. It can’t be, ah… but it is! This time round I was there to photograph the Neon Moon Summer Circus. The director Ruby Truelove is the sister of an old work colleague of mine from my Amsterdam time.
I decided to travel light and just brought my 35mm f/1.4 with me. This meant that when it got dark I would have to find existing light sources to get my shots. We were three photographers that mingled about. The guests were not supposed to photograph but many did anyway. Who can resist when there are so many colourful costumes and people doing circusy stuff? I arrived quite early and spent some time photographing the aerial acrobats Joanne Jordan and Daisy Black as they were practising. The first part of the evening also included two wrestlers: a Russian bad guy who got the crowd booing by saying “Hello Oxford!”, and a good guy wrestler with a dog mask on his head who just barked.
The second part of the show was indoors. Among other things it included mind reading, sword swallowing and singing. Not necessarily in that order.
If you want to see more photos from the Neon Moon show then head over to their webpage and check out the Flickr stream. That’s it for this time, hope you enjoyed the photos!