James Mollison is a photographer with an unusual interest. He is a primate enthusiast who photographs man’s closest relations up close.
How did he get his inspiration? He said, “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.”
That is so true. His Ape Project captures passport style portraits of gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans. They show a wide range of expressions that we can relate to – cuteness, indifference and maybe a sneer or two!
He did not take photographs of zoo animals but traveled instead to Central Africa and Indonesia. His models were the orphans of the bush meat and live pet trade. The collection is thus all the more powerful for highlighting the plight of these wonderful creatures.
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