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Elephant Parade
Elephant Parade

The largest land animals nature provides were captured on Kodachrome in 2011 when the circus brought the elephants to town. A friend walked into our studio just blocks from the rail station to alert me and I grabbed a manual camera to take in the extravaganza. The crowd of families were there for the traditional arrival which soon became an unnatural parade of majestic beasts walking on hot concrete in the midst of auto traffic. Elephants were part of The Greatest Show on Earth in our country for over 100 years. The year of these shots Ringling Brothers was fined $270,000 for animal abuse and five years later retired elephants from US performances. The film was cross-processed and the photos appeared on the Arts Through Architecture billboards in 2012.

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Elephant Parade
circus parade 2009 sabrina staires 030_33.jpg
circus parade series 2009 sabrina staires 008_11.jpg
circus parade series 2009 sabrina staires 009_12.jpg
circus parade series 2009 sabrina staires 010_13.jpg
circus parade series sabrina staires 2009 031_34.jpg
Elephant Parade

The largest land animals nature provides were captured on Kodachrome in 2011 when the circus brought the elephants to town. A friend walked into our studio just blocks from the rail station to alert me and I grabbed a manual camera to take in the extravaganza. The crowd of families were there for the traditional arrival which soon became an unnatural parade of majestic beasts walking on hot concrete in the midst of auto traffic. Elephants were part of The Greatest Show on Earth in our country for over 100 years. The year of these shots Ringling Brothers was fined $270,000 for animal abuse and five years later retired elephants from US performances. The film was cross-processed and the photos appeared on the Arts Through Architecture billboards in 2012.

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