I will start off by saying that I find them in no way scary, creepy or weird. I think they are a riot and I enjoy the positive energy they provide to children. With that being said, I have volunteered for many events and service projects on campus and throughout the community this semester where I seem to always spot a clown present. I have photographed them, played with them and even received my own balloon animals from them. I also got to talk to them as normal human beings regardless of how much face paint and polka dots they were wearing. Let me tell you, each one of them has a story to tell. During my volunteer hours at the Disability Awareness Fair I ran the face painting tables with another volunteer and of course the more experienced Heart of Michigan Clowns. After a few hours of painting faces and hands I began talking to a few of them about my passion in photography and my plans to pursue a career in photojournalism. As they questioned me about various experiences and jobs, one of them mentioned their graduation coming up next month that would be a great event to attend.
Well, I did just that.
Marillie, left, and Hattie-Hattie, right, preform their a skit during the Heart of Michigan Clown Graduation, Thursday November 5, 2009 at the Commission on Aging in Mount Pleasant, Mich., 22 S. Lincoln Rd.
To see more from the graduation, go to my flickr account