I began documenting circus freaks and sideshows photographing Technomania Circus in Barrio Logan. The energy, creativity, and attitude made me feel right at home with this unique band of performers.
Several years later, the U.K.’s Bizarre magazine asked me to photograph Todd Ray’s Venice Beach Side Show. Once again, Todd and his cast of characters made me feel right at home. Several of the performers I knew from Technomania Circus made the move north to L.A. adding to my sense of familiarity. I wanted to make portraits that revealed something of the performers unique personalities as well as their outlandish talents.