Creative Research – Photographers

by rnb10

Gaston Lacombe

The thing that really captured my attention in Lacombe project ‘Captive’ is the eeriness of the images, especially the monkey image. From looking at the images you can feel and see the pain and suffering the animals are going through in captivity, his images portray a real look into what it is like for animals to be taken from their natural habitat and kept captive for our personal entertainment.

Background of the project:
Gaston Lacombe – “I have been gathering pictures from zoos all around for the last three years. I like most zoos — I really do. Some zoos need to be congratulated for making great efforts at conserving endangered species, providing shelter to animals who could not otherwise survive and educating the public on ecological issues.

However, even in the best zoos, there are animals that are stuck in cement enclosures too small for their needs, or in rooms where the only vegetation they see are the plants painted on the wall. I’ve seen animals living in cages where they cannot even sit up, or have no access to daylight or clean water. At these moments, I feel guilty for supporting a system that treats animals cruelly, and at these moments, I take pictures.”

Britta Jaschinski

The dark, cold impression of these images captures the viewers emotions and by Britta deciding to use black and white imagery to photograph the animals portrays their loneliness and sadness. I can not help but admire how beautiful these images really are although the story they tell is not beautiful at all. These dark photographs are taken from Britta Jaschinski’s book ‘Zoo’.

Background of the project:
Synopsis of book – Britta Jaschinski’s exquisite photographs owe their inspiration to portraiture rather than documentation, creating an atmosphere rather than making a statement. The animals in these photographs have a shadowy, almost enigmatic presence that excites our curiosity and draws us in. Our glimpses of them tend to be partial, fragmentary — from a furry hand gripping an iron bar to dolphins floating just below the surface of a pool. Polar bears stare from a rocky stage, a zebra stands stock still and quiet. All of them have a melancholy dignity, commanding a sense of respect in the viewer which is tinged with unease. Jaschinski’s involvement and empathy is evident throughout, but she never allows it to intrude; instead she has given us an arresting series of pictures and created a hauntingly beautiful book.

Daniel Kukla

Daniel Kukla ‘Captive Landscapes’ project has to be my favourite, I don’t know what it is but theres just something about these images that I find compelling. I find it captivating how he’s captured the animals surroundings in such a way that represents the animals pain in captivity without actually photographing the animals kept there.

Background of the project:
Daniel Kukla – “We, as humans, go to great lengths to satisfy our desire for a connection with the natural world, especially in our interactions with wild and exotic animals. Zoos are the primary site for this relationship, but they often obscure the conflicts inherent in maintaining and displaying captive wild animals. In this series, I photographed the interiors of animal enclosures at 12 different zoos across the U.S and Europe. These images invite the viewer to question the role of these constructed habitats, and explore the motivations behind collecting, preserving, and controlling the natural world.”

Andrew Walmsley


Background of the project:
Andrew Walmsley – “This is a personal project that I have been working on during my travels around Indonesia, focussing on the unfortunate primates who have found themselves wound into the impossibly cruel trade for our entertainment, both on the street and as pets. I am continuously adding to this collection, and am working on an article to highlight their suffering.”