An excerpt from the Author's Note in Captive: Many photos in this book, and in my work as a whole, depict children and their parents or caregivers as they encounter non-human animals. I show them because zoos and aquaria actively encourage children and their caregivers to come to be entertained or educated. In bringing children into the frame, I’m not criticizing any particular individual or group: all of us are in some way complicit in the maintenance and condition of these institutions. I document animals, but truly, these photos are a sociological study of we animals. Inevitably, my images reflect how varied are our reactions to the other animals: fascination, indifference, amusement, boredom, fear, even awe.
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Eurasian Lynx. Estonia, 2016.
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