Relatives and neighbors celebrate bridegroom Ameen Ararah, in floral head scarf, at center rear, 21, at his wedding in Sanas Old City, Yemen, April 1, 2012. In a country where nearly half the population lives on $1.45 a day, wedding expenses, which can exceed $5,000, are prohibitive. Many couples now pool resources and marry in groups.
Portrait of Nujoud Ali, two years after her divorce – when she was only eight years old – from her husband, more than 20 years her senior. Nujoud’s story sent shock waves around the country and caused parliament to consider a bill writing a minimum marriage age into law.
Sarita, 15-years-old, is seen covered in tears and sweat before she is sent to her new home with her new groom. The previous day, she and her eight-year-old sister Maya were married to another set of siblings on the Hindu holy day of Akshaya Tritiya, or Akha Teej, in Rajasthan, India on April 29, 2009.
Portrait of trapeze flier Kristin Finley, trapeze flier and elephant rider. “My first paying job was here at Ringling. The first time standing behind the curtains and we open before the second act, and I was like ‘The stadium is full, thousands of people,’ and thought ‘Am I going to freak out?’ Because it was something new for me. And I didn’t, and it was awesome because you don’t see faces, you just see all the kids flashing the lights and playing with their toys. It was so much fun, so much fun.”
“Everyone here wears many hats. And out of necessity, not because they want to. You have to be a clown, if they need a clown. You just have to go go go go. You just might have to do something even if you’ve never done it before.”
“It’s a learning experience every day, no matter how long and no matter what you do, you’re always learning. It’s because you love what you do. And all that other stuff that happens along the way, it’s just little things. As long as you’re doing what you love and you love what you do, I think you’re ahead of the game.”
After 146 years, the “Greatest Show on Earth” will close its curtain in the end of May.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus started in 1919 when the circus created by James Anthony Bailey and P. T. Barnum merged with the Ringling Brothers Circus. The circus’ parent company, Feld Entertainment, made the decision to end the show after waning ticket sales and long court battles over the treatment of animals, particularly the elephants, made the costly entertainment event unsustainable.
Portrait of Alexander Lacey with his leopard Mogli. Alex travels with 19 lions and tigers, in addition to Mogli. “Ive been around animals since I was 4 years old baby tigers, lions, chimps, bear cubs. My parents owned two zoos in England. [They] said to me, ‘Its a way of life. Its not a job. We have to be here 365 days a year. Your life revolves around the animals.’
Kumari Dangol, 9 (b.28.3.06), is the city Kumari of Tokha, a village of Kathmandu district. She is selected among the children of the Dangol (Jyapu) family of Tokyo. There will be always Ganesh (female) with her. The present Ganesh, is also named Ganesh and she is 8 months older than Kumari. The Kumari retires on either her or Ganesh’s time of their first menstruation. She is worshiped during Dashain (in Autumn) and Bisket jatra time (Vaishakh 2-4/April 15-17 when we photographed her) At that time they are carried on the palanquin of the seven goddesses. She resides in her parent’s house. She has been a Kumari since she was a baby and studies in the local school. Contract for story is Kashinath Tamot, firstname.lastname@example.org and Shova Shokya +977 9841494452 .