This is not your typical family photo. On assignment for Spirit Magazine, Ryan Donnell spent a day capturing the James Cristy Cole Circus, a traveling spectacle run by the Plunkett family. Originally hailing from Texas, producer James Plunkett comes from a family of four generations of performers and offers wide variety of entertainment from motorcycle daredevils to tigers. Donnell caught up with the Plunketts in Gretna, Nebraska where families attending the event were able to purchase a photo with the circus’ performing bear. Shot on a Hasselblad, the image shows both girl and bear equally curiously dubious of one another.
Thanks to featureshoot and jennaegarrett for featuring one of my favorite images (and assignments) from 2013. And thanks again to Emily Kimbro and Spirit Magazine for the assignment. Also, this photo will also be honored in the AP30 annual this year. It’s having a good year.