Friday, June 24, 2011

James and the Other Apes

I loved this exhibit of primate faces with their  expressions, and unique  facial features.  I can see emotion behind each set of eyes.  Beautiful.

James Mollison and his thoughts on his project. 

"While watching a nature program on primates I was struck by their facial similarity to our own. Humans are clearly different to animals, but the great apes inhabit that grey area between man and animal. I thought it would be interesting to try to photograph gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans using the aesthetic of the passport photograph- its ubiquitous style inferring the idea of identity.
I decided against photographing in zoos or using ‘animal actors’ but traveled to Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia to meet orphans of the bush meat trade and live pet trade. "
To view the rest of these unique faces click here

1 comment:

SandyLee said...

I saw that when I was in Stockholm, it was amazing! I love looking at people's eyes, I believe it says so much about a person. So these photographs really did tell a story, each one very different! xo


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