God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages – Jacques Deval
Giraffe Behind the Door is a project about animals in captivity. As human beings evolved so did the environment around us. We built walls, set boundaries and kept the wilderness out. In our efforts to connect back with nature we built gardens and zoos, confining the wild animals in cages & glass boxes.
Wild animals naturally shy away from human beings and hide in their habitats. Zoo exhibits are made in such a way that the animals are always visible to the public gaze. Beautifully painted dioramas create an illusion of open landscape and artificial habitat inside these enclosures. The stress of being in captivity often leads to Zoochosis, abnormal behaviors such as pacing and sometimes even self-mutilation. An animal in captivity remains as nothing but a ghost of its former self. Giraffe behind the door is a journey through five zoos in New York and the psychological spaces of the animals in them.
Asmita Parlkar is a photographer based in Mumbai exploring stories about the relationship between humans and animals. For more in formation on her work please visit – http://www.asmitaparelkar.com/
Published by gareth on January 21st, 2014 in Uncategorized
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G O L D C O A S T – Book Trailer from Ying & Ling Ang on Vimeo.
Gold Coast, Australia
I lived here for most of my life. I was raised on the taste of lawnmower fumes in the air and the dark gleam of perpetually circling crows. It is the tyranny of this Lynchian landscape, dominated by intolerance and unexpected violence, where I became a reluctant witness to more crimes than I knew the names of by the time I was 18. All of this set in a town that looked and was marketed like a suburban paradise.
“A sunny place for shady people” became a term that began circulating through the Australian media when referring to the ongoing melodramas of shysters that end up settling on the Gold Coast. A perfect strip of golden beach where one of ill-repute can reinvent themselves, where tales of rape, drugs, murder and extortion are whispered behind pastel colored walls and porcelain veneered grins.
Once labelled as the tourist capital and now declared as the crime capital of Australia, this is a tale of a place that laid the flawed foundation of its character upon a mirage of tranquility. It is about the price of those waterfront homes and sun drenched afternoons. It is about real estate and the beautiful lie sold and bought here every day.
Photography & Text by Ying Ang
Video Production by Ying & Ling Ang