Beverley Veasy has photographed a similar situation in which she has taken photos of the animals enclosures, but with no animals inside them. An interesting way on looking at how the enclosures are man made supposedly looking like a real life habitat for certain animals, but included in the picture are doors, fences, glass windows, showing that as much as they are replicating a habitat, its not the real thing.
Images by Beverley Veasy from Beverley Veasy’s website:
Habitat #9, 2008 Habitat #5, 2008
from Habitats from Habitats
Habitat detectives program with Zoos Victoria website below, a program at Werribee zoo could be a way to get closer and see the animals at a different point rather than just going as general admission, to get more of an inside take and see what goes on.
Meet the keeper, Werribee open range zoo. An option to look at to get a little closer in seeing how the keepers interact with the animals, and also how the animals react to them. A picture of the keeper with a tiger in their enclosure at Werribee open range zoo from their website:
http://www.zoo.org.au/werribee/whats-on/meet-the-keeper photographer: unknown
Great website informing about Wild animals and the situation with being bred in captivity, their life living in a zoo, the reality of being in the zoo and informing how they don’t retrieve the skills needed whilst living in captivity even if though it may look like being bred in captivity is a benefit for them so therefor don’t have the basic instincts to survive out in the wild.
This website is also informing about the animals in captivities welfare, it talks about the effects on animals whilst living in captivity, the future in providing systems that are going to provide for the animals welfare, further research etc.
Another website containing comparison between zoological collections and the wild, the debate between how big the enclosures are, if they are adequate or too small, they have even gone to obtaining a heap of data and gathered all information and showing the results on the page.
Source: The danish magazine: Frem, Nummer 52, 10. årgang. 29. september 1907.Photographer unknown
Carl Hagenbeck (man pictured born June 10 1844) bought and sold exotic animals as a side business, he went all over capturing animals, he the decided to put them on exhibition in Europe and USA. He soon opened his own zoo Tierpark Hagenbeck in 1907, even till today there are a lot of his ideas followed by a lot of large zoos. A little bit of an insight into how long back dates zoos and keeping animals in enclosures on display.
http://education.nationalgeographic.com.au/education/encyclopedia/zoo/?ar_a=1 Photographer unknown.
I love this image and I think it’s a great way in showing what I would like to show through my images, the girl in this photo seems mesmerized by the fish and you really fall into the picture in a way and understand her innocent thoughts as she looks on at the fish, this is the sort of idea in taking the shots I would like to experiment with.
The meaning of the word zoo (short for zoological park) is a place in which animals live in captivity and are on display for the public to view. A Zoo contains a wide variety of animals that are from all parts of the Earth.
Zoos are meant to entertain and educate the public but also have a strong emphasis on scientific research and species conservation. It is now trending towards giving animals a lot more space and recreating natural habitats. Zoos are usually quite regulated and inspected by the government to make sure all is under control.
http://blog.africageographic.com/africa-geographic-blog/wildlife/wildlife-and-nature/are-zoos-good-or-bad/ Photographer Jeremy Goss
This image is great with the lighting, everything seems so bright and calm. With the hippo on the other side of the glass in the water alongside a young girl casually looking through the glass not seeming to be phased by the animal, its interesting to see as these two are obviously from completely different worlds but seem quite comfortable alongside each other, the hippo could very easily harm the child if need be, but doesn’t seem fussed that shes sitting on the other side of the glass gazing in taking an interest in the hippo.
These are a couple of photos I have taken myself and it shows the sort of approach I would like to have on my documentary piece. I would like to include more of the animals as well if I can, similar in the way the photo I have used as an example above. I like the fist image as its only the hand on the cage that is obviously the main focus in the photo, its almost giving the viewer a sense of empathy that the animal is in the cage on display for the public. The second image I also like as there is obviously the big rush of bigger school kids in a group gathered around the enclosure to see the Meer cats, and yet there is a little girl trying to peek through from behind, waiting patiently to have a look at these animals, while all the other kids in front have no idea clearly that she is there as they are too excited themselves in seeing the animals.
If I can get more of the animals into the shot I think would make a great image and in showing the common interest in between the animals themselves and the public, whether they be children or adults. Show the curiosity between them.