Luke Stephenson – Clown Egg Register

When is a portrait not a portrait? This sounds like the kind of joke or riddle you’d imagine a clown would tell. In this case – quite a pertinent one. Photographer, Luke Stephenson, took a visit to the Clown Egg Register – a kind of copyright association for clowns – and took pictures of all the eggs. While us normal non-clown folk may not know it, each clown’s face is meant to be unique. Stealing another clown’s look is definitely frowned upon. To combat this, in the 1940s in America, clowns began to register their makeup in a central place, using eggshells as the medium of choice. And thus, the Clown Egg Register was born.

And that’s how you get a portrait that’s not a portrait! See anyone you recognise?

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