London based National Geographic photographer Emily Ainsworth recently gave a talk as part of the National Geographic Live! series of lectures on her photographic experience shooting inside a Mexican circus.
Ainsworth was offered a job as a dancer in the Mexican circus after one of the previous performers was eaten by a large cat from the show – against all logic she agreed and was introduced to the amazing lives of the circus performers. She was even taught how to French kiss a tiger and dodge bullets and eventually became a friend of some of the performers.
Ainsworth was so enchanted by the circus that she gone back to the circus no less than 3 times in recent years shooting in very intimate situations that very few other photographers had the chance to record.