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EDITIONS #1 | CIRCUS: 1.2 Compagnie XY

EDITIONS #1 | CIRCUS: 1.2 Compagnie XY

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Dimensions / Editions / Prices

A3 | Edition of 13 | £95 (print) / £160 (framed)
A2 | Edition of 8 | £145 (print) / £255 (framed)
A1 | Edition of 5 | £220 (print) / £355 (framed)

A3 | 29.7cm x 42cm | 11.7" x 16.5"
A2 | 42cm x 59.4cm | 16.5" x 23.4"
A1 | 59.4cm x 84.1cm | 23.4" x 33.1"


All papers and wood-based materials are made in Germany and sourced from Forestry Stewardship Council-certified sustainable sources(FSC®-certified).

Prints are made with museum-quality Giclée printing (specialised high-resolution inkjet printer), presented on acid-free 308 gsm Hahnemühle Photorag art paper, with guaranteed 100+ years of archival life. Hahnemühle is the world’s oldest mill, producing fine-art papers for 500+ years.
The super matt finish of Hahnemüle Photorag makes it one of the most popular papers amongst artists, illustrators & photographers alike. The paper gives muted blacks with even colour reproduction and excellent detail. The surface has minimal texture with a chalky smooth cotton feel which creates smooth colour gradients. It has a delicate surface, so it's recommended to have extra care when handling.


All prints include:

  • My signature and edition number on the front of the print
  • A unique signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity


Orders are dispatched within 3-5 days working days. Thereafter, they should arrive within 1 to 4 days to the UK/Europe, in 2 to 5 days to North America and 5 to 7 days for Australia/New Zealand. Other destinations may vary - please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery. Once your order is shipped, you will receive a tracking number via email.

My printing company is 100% carbon neutral and all our packaging is environment friendly whilst still ensuring your artwork gets to you in perfect condition. Plastics are kept to a minimum and all packaging materials are sustainably sourced, being a mixture of recycled, recyclable or biodegradable materials - and that includes the stickers, tape, compostable bubble wrap as well as the frame edge protectors used.

Shipping prices
UK / EU: £10 prints / £20 frames
EEA: £15 prints / £25 frames
North America: £15 prints / £25 frames
ROW £25 prints / £40 frames

1.2 Compagnie XY | Apr 20, 2017 | Primrose Hill, London, UK

An early inspiration; I first saw contemporary circus troupe Compagnie XY (France) perform in Madrid in 2010, and I was mindblown. The show, ‘Le Grand C’, had them repeating/variating on different forms of human pyramids. It was so slow and complex that my brain hurt, the good kind of hurt.

In 2014, I photographed their following show, ‘Il n’est pas encore minuit...’ (It’s not yet midnight...) at CIRCa Circus Festival in Auch, France. It had 22 acrobats bursting onto the stage, fighting each other, creating abstract human forms, launching each other into the air, dancing and laughing. It was breathtaking.During the show, one of the female acrobats slipped and fell on the floor. They didn’t want to move her, fearing a back injury. One of the performers approached the audience, explaining they must wait for the paramedics.
He told the audience they could stay or leave, as it may take some time.

The audience sat in silence for 20mins until the paramedics arrived and another 15mins to figure out a safe way to carry her to the ambulance. After they left the theatre, the performers huddled to consult, and the same performer came back facing the audience and said: “We decided to finish the show for you.” You could cut the air with a knife. It was one of the most stressful experiences I’ve encountered in circus, and I could barely photograph. An incident like this brings so much tension to the rest of the group - there’s so much risk of additional injury. Sometimes it’s better to cancel the show and rest. XY finished the show without further injuries. It received one of the craziest standing ovations I’ve seen. The same performer returned to the front and reported they had just heard from the hospital - the injured performer was ok. Her back was not hurt.

In 2017, I had the pleasure of finally collaborating with XY during their visit to perform in London. This is one of my all-time favourite photos - and yes, it’s real; 10 acrobats are standing on the shoulders of 10 others.

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