'A Theater of Darkness' is a beautiful and enchanting visual narrative and photo series that explores terror and curiosity in all their forms. The series is the work of photographer August Bradley in collaboration with the Lucent Dossier underground cirque troupe.
The circus characters depicted in the photo series are haunting and disturbing in their appearance and the expressions they wear. They are depicted to exist in a state of constant sensuousness, and they appear to have a burning desire to escape the evil environment they are concealed in. They appear frozen both within their surroundings and within the camera frame.
The Theater of Darkess images are shot using razor-sharp focus to bring out every conceivable detail. The use of dramatic lighting and saturated hues are reminiscent of the pictorialist movement that took hold at the turn of the century.