White Throated Bee-Eaters (Merops albicollis), Bronx Zoo, NY 2012
World of Birds, Franklin Park Zoo, MA 2012
Tropical Forest, Franklin Park Zoo, MA 2012
Jungle World, Bronx Zoo, NY 2011
Jungle World, Bronx Zoo, NY 2012
Kalahari Kingdom, Franklin Park Zoo, MA 2012
The role of zoological parks in wildlife conservation is becoming increasingly more important. This group of images examines the landscape-immersion philosophy of current zoos. It is the philosophy that exhibits should be designed to acknowledge the importance and value of natural systems. These modern arks are “a metaphor for our attitudes to and relationships with Nature” (Hancocks, 2001). In many ways, they offer proof of our distorted and disconnected views of the natural world. These spaces, which blur the line between fact and fiction, are home to many of the world’s endangered species. I am fascinated by how these replicated, unnatural spaces modeled from nature are rendered as photographic images. The perverse beauty of their forms strike a compelling contrast to the reality they portray. This body of work examines these spaces and the paradoxes they create.