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“Which one of you clowns is responsible for this mess? Okay, I’ll let you off just this time, just because you look fairly ’armless”. One sale and 3,302 views on 9 July 2014.

The interesting aspect of this shot is the number of geometrical shapes – there are triangles, ovals, squares, rectangles and circles.

(These clowns are an integral part of every Australian fairground – the aim is to drop a series of table tennis balls into their open mouths as the figures rotate, with prizes determined by the result.)

I do not crop or post-edit my work. What you see is exactly what I shoot. Shot at the Royal Melbourne Show in 2007, using a Pentax K100D fitted with a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F6.7, 1/60 sec, ISO 400, focal length 58mm.

Featured in ALPHABET SOUP, June 2009.

Featured in GLOBES, SPHERES AND CURVES, June 2009.

Top ten in BEST OF C challenge.

Featured by my co-hosts in TECHNO LOGICAL, July 2009.

Featured in ALL THE COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW, December 2009.

Featured in 60s GLORY, December 2009.

Winner, ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR Challenge, August 2010.

Featured in ALL THINGS PHOTOGRAPHIC, October 2010.

Featured in THE BEST OF RED BUBBLE, February 2011.

Featured in AS IS, March 2011.

Featured in ABSOLUTE CLARITY, August 2011.

Featured in HATS AND HAT BOXES, August 2011.

Featured in AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL CITIES, August 2011.

Featured in CITY LIFE IS THE ONLY LIFE, September 2011.

Featured in AUSTRALIA AT LARGE, September 2011.


Walkley Award-nominated journalist, novelist and wedding photographer at davidmcmahonweddings.com

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  • Anni Morris
    Anni Morrisalmost 6 years ago

    This took my eye…so colourful…I wonder why the artist painted all their faces so similar? Great shot~ Anni

  • Thanks, Anni, I’m so glad you liked the shot. These ones were actually marginally different from each other – normally they are exact clones. Clones of the clowns!

    – David McMahon

  • Helene Henderson
    Helene Hendersonalmost 6 years ago

    Eeek!! Grim, indeed!

  • David McMahon
    David McMahonalmost 6 years ago

    Like a silent rendition of `Scream’, I guess, Helene!

    SNAPPYDAVEalmost 6 years ago

    cool … great shot although they remind me of the blow up dolls for guys that cant get off with women ROFLMAO … sorry … I dont need one but they made me smile !!!

  • HI Dave – that’s one similarity I had never thought of!

    – David McMahon

    SNAPPYDAVEalmost 6 years ago


  • I’m glad it made you smile.

    – David McMahon

  • Antonia Diewold
    Antonia Diewoldalmost 6 years ago

    I like it!

  • Thanks Toniaa. Glad you liked the shot.

    – David McMahon

  • Helen Corr
    Helen Corralmost 6 years ago

    very pun-ny! cool shot!

  • Thanks Helen. Glad you liked the shot and the title.

    – David McMahon

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellover 5 years ago

    Perfection, congrat’s on the top 10 win.

  • Thanks for letting me know, Mary!

    – David McMahon

  • kat  -
    kat -over 5 years ago

    They look as though they are singing. Or maybe they are hungry birds waiting to be fed??? Love the angle and colors!

  • Hi Kat – yes, definitely waiting to be ``fed’’ the table tennis balls that then drop into the numbered slots below, defining whether or not the contestant wins a prize!

    – David McMahon

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured in Alphabet Soup!
    Please enter this unique capture into the Best of C Challenge!
    Marie ~ Host

  • Wonderful news, Marie – will enter it now. Thank you for letting me know.

    – David McMahon

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