Photographer Matt Hoyle: Barnumville


by Alison Zavos for Feature Shoot

With a penchant for drawing out rich details and the personalities of his subjects, NYC-based photographer matthoyle2.jpg


What made you decide to shoot close-up portraits of the performers? Did you look to any other photographers for inspiration? The project actually came about and still has the intention of creating 14 cinematic format scenes/shots. I am in the process of creating those scenes in CGI, which is very similar to the process in motion picture CGI movies. These 14 scenes will depict Barnumville as a realistic 1940s Florida town inhabited by sideshow performers. These black and white portraits were initially just a recording. I didn't know they would have such an impact, but the features on each of their faces told so much that I had to create a separate series.