In Guatemala, clowns barely make a living in the fringes of society. They live in shacks with tin walls, in neighborhoods controlled by violent street gangs.  They elicit smiles in moving buses or at stop lights in exchange for a few coins.

The 19th century style Afghani wooden box camera used by the photographer meant that the clowns had to sit still for several minutes gazing into the camera, enabling a depth of engagement rarely achieved with today’s hectic technology.

Guatemala City, 2011.