Freak Show by Andrew Paranavitana

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The circus came to Southland Shopping Centre, Cheltenham. Every day for three weeks I went past this on the train. I have wanted to capture a circus big top for years. This image has been in my mind for a long time.

Finally, on a dark and stormy Saturday afternoon, I went out, braved the biting cold and took a few shots of it.

The strange looks I received from people driving through the car park were the highlight of this day!

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Original photo, shown below, has been cropped, cloned, selective colour changed, adjusted to no end, added texture from – free use stock and had further adjustments of brightness, contrast etc

Canon 50D
28 – 80, 58mm

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Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

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  • Scottb1977
    Scottb1977over 4 years ago

    nice work!!!

  • Thanks heaps Scott!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinover 4 years ago

    Better than good mate!

  • Thanks so much Denis :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Partyof5ive
    Partyof5iveover 4 years ago

    Great shot and processing~

  • Thank you kindly!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Nicoletté Thain Photography
    Nicoletté Thai...over 4 years ago

    you ar the freaky one!!! It amazes me what you can do with an image, extroadinary!!!

  • Haha, maybe I should send them my resume? Thanks a lot Nic :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Valerie Rosen
    Valerie Rosenover 4 years ago

    very cool!

  • Thanks so much Val!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • madworld
    madworldover 4 years ago

    Ah, this is BEAUTIFUL Andrew, really love your processing here, nicely done..oh and I wouldnt mind joining that freak show :P

  • I’m thinking about joining, wanna come? Thanks mate, very pleased you see this one the same way I do :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 4 years ago

    fantastic man! ;)

  • Thanks heaps mate!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • geoff curtis
    geoff curtisover 4 years ago

    Great shot.

  • Thank you Geoff!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Petehamilton
    Petehamiltonover 4 years ago

    Great Image!!!

  • Thank you very much Pete :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 4 years ago

    This is just wonderful reminds me of the big tops you see in the old movies. with its colour and tone. I really like that you show us the original makes me see what changes you have made. Did you not capture any bodys expression. Can imagine them thinkingt what is he upto in the cold outside and not inside the tent

  • Karen I was a sight to behold! Standing on the medium strip between two lanes of traffic moving in and out of the car park, wind blowing strong, light fading and it was starting to rain haha. I should have turned the camera on the onlookers too! Thanks for the great comments my friend :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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